John Fetterman, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee, said Friday that he should have taken more care of his health in the wake of a stroke last month. This has led many to wonder if he will be able campaign adequately in an closely watched race.
Fetterman stated, "Like so much others and so many men, I avoided visiting the doctor even though I knew that I wasn't feeling well." "I almost died as a result. "I want to warn others not to make the same mistake."
However, he offered an optimistic assessment of his future health.
Fetterman stated that doctors have advised him to keep resting, eating healthy, exercising, and focusing on his recovery. "I am not yet 100%, but I'm getting closer each day."
Fetterman admitted that he did not have symptoms of a heart condition last month, but that he hadn't followed up with doctors and taken the medication that was recommended for him in 2017. Fetterman was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm) and a reduced heart pump.
Dr. Ramesh Chandra, Alliance Cardiology's cardiacologist, stated that Fetterman hadn't followed up on his initial visit.
Chandra wrote that Chandra had prescribed medication along with improved diet, exercise, and asked Chandra to check in again in the next months. "I didn't see him again until yesterday. John didn't go to any doctor in 5 years, and he stopped taking his medication."
Chandra said that if the Pennsylvania Democrat obeys doctors' orders, he should be able "to campaign and serve in U.S. Senate with no problem."
Just hours after Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor, was announced as the Republican facing Fetterman in November, the statement and letter were made public. In a race in which there was a recount, the rival GOP candidate Dave McCormick conceded to Oz. He is a former executive at a hedge fund.
Fetterman is concerned about the uncertain timeline for his return to campaign work. After suffering a stroke, Fetterman has only appeared in a recording of his recovery.