Maryland Dem senator suffers stroke while delivering remarks in his home state

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) had quite the scare recently while delivering a speech in his home state, revealing later to his constituents and the media that he suffered a medical emergency.

According to Yahoo News, Van Hollen indicated that he had felt “lightheadedness and acute neck pain” while delivering his speech, only to find out shortly after from his physician that he had actually experienced a stroke during his remarks. 

The Maryland Democrat released a statement describing the whole ordeal, noting that after he sought medical attention upon arriving home, “an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head.”

The junior senator from Maryland is 63 years old.

He went on to say that, thankfully, the type of stroke he suffered doesn’t appear to have saddled him with any long-term effects, though he was told to rest for several days to be on the safe side.

“Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident, but my doctors have advised that out of an abundance of caution I remain under observation for a few days.”

Van Hollen stays quite active in the U.S. Senate, as he serves on a number of top committees, including the appropriations, banking, housing and urban affairs, budget, and foreign relations committees.

In his statement, he thanked the medical team that attended to him, and indicated that he looks forward to returning to the U.S. Senate floor later this week, assuming his health checks out.