Michael Bloomberg demands Bernie Sanders release heart health information

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s campaign pressured his rival Bernie Sanders to release more information about his heart health after doctors proclaimed the billionaire was in ‘great physical shape.’ 

Bloomberg’s demand comes after Sanders indicated his previous release of doctors letters was all that he would provide the public, following his heart attack on the campaign trail.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s campaign released  the billionaire’s own doctors letters, proclaiming that he was in ‘outstanding health.’ 

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks during a rally at The Rustic Restaurant in Houston, Texas, on Thursday. His campaign pressured rival Bernie Sanders to release more information about his heart health after doctors proclaimed the billionaire was in ‘great physical shape’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Thursday. The senator from Vermont, who suffered a heart attack while on the campaign trail, previously released doctors letters attesting to his health

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Thursday. The senator from Vermont, who suffered a heart attack while on the campaign trail, previously released doctors letters attesting to his health

Bloomberg, who also was New York’s mayor for three terms, had his last annual health exam in July, reports Fox News, and underwent an annual cardiac stress test at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, according to a letter from his internist, Dr. Stephen Sisson.

According to the results of the test, Bloomberg had  ‘normal’ left ventricular cavity size, function and ejection at 60-65 percent.

He also had an ‘excellent’ exercise capacity, exercises several times a week, plays golf and maintains an active pilot’s license. 

Sisson also reveals that Bloomberg takes a blood thinner, a beta-blocker and cholesterol medication. 

The candidate had small skin cancers removed and is treated for arthritis and heartburn, ‘both of which are well controlled.’

‘There are no medical concerns, present or looming, that would prevent him from serving as President of the United States,’ Sisson wrote.

Bloomberg is pictured speaking during a campaign event at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday. His campaign announced the same day that he had his last annual health exam in July, and underwent an annual cardiac stress test at the John Hopkins Hospital

Bloomberg is pictured speaking during a campaign event at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Thursday. His campaign announced the same day that he had his last annual health exam in July, and underwent an annual cardiac stress test at the John Hopkins Hospital

Bloomberg, who also was New York's mayor for three terms, greets people during a rally held at the Record Downtown on Thursday in Bentonville, Arkansas. According to the results of his annual cardiac stress test, Bloomberg had 'normal' left ventricular cavity size, function and ejection at 60-65 percent

Bloomberg, who also was New York’s mayor for three terms, greets people during a rally held at the Record Downtown on Thursday in Bentonville, Arkansas. According to the results of his annual cardiac stress test, Bloomberg had ‘normal’ left ventricular cavity size, function and ejection at 60-65 percent

Bloomberg also had an 'excellent' exercise capacity and exercises several times a week, his doctors say. The candidate is pictured climbing an indoor climbing wall when he was in his late 40s

Bloomberg also had an ‘excellent’ exercise capacity and exercises several times a week, his doctors say. The candidate is pictured climbing an indoor climbing wall when he was in his late 40s

Bloomberg's doctors letters boasted the candidate also plays golf and maintains his pilot license. He is pictured as a member of Tiger Woods's group during the Pro-Am tourney of the Deutsche Bank Championship at in Norton, Massachusetts, in 2013

Bloomberg’s doctors letters boasted the candidate also plays golf and maintains his pilot license. He is pictured as a member of Tiger Woods’s group during the Pro-Am tourney of the Deutsche Bank Championship at in Norton, Massachusetts, in 2013

Bloomberg and Sanders, both 78, are the oldest candidates in the field of Democrats seeking the presidential nomination in the 2020 contest against incumbent US President Donald J. Trump.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is 77. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is 70. 

Trump, is 73-years-old.

The letters from Bloomberg’s doctors come as Sanders has taken the lead as the Democratic front-runner for the party’s nomination. Bloomberg, meanwhile, has been using his substantial wealth to spend millions on ads aired in several states that he needs to win on Super Tuesday next week.

The letters from Bloomberg's doctors come as Sanders has taken the lead as the Democratic front-runner for the party's nomination. Sanders is pictured signing autographs during a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Thursday

The letters from Bloomberg’s doctors come as Sanders has taken the lead as the Democratic front-runner for the party’s nomination. Sanders is pictured signing autographs during a campaign event in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Thursday

At this week’s Democratic debate in South Carolina ahead of the state’s primary on Saturday, Sanders sidestepped a question about releasing his full medical records following a heart attack he suffered in October. 

He pointed to Bloomberg in response, in reference to a stent procedure the billionaire had more than 20 years ago. ‘I think the one area maybe that Mayor Bloomberg and I share — you have two stents, as well,’ Sanders said.

Bloomberg fired back, ’25 years ago.’

‘Well, we both have two stents,’ Sanders said in response. 

‘It’s a procedure that is done about a million times a year,’ the candidate added.

Sisson’s letter says Bloomberg, ‘underwent coronary stent placement for a blocked coronary artery in 2000.’ 

‘He has not had a myocardial infarction, and cardiac stress testing has shown no evidence of damage to his heart. Heart function is normal, and exercise capacity is excellent,’ the doctor explains.



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