Pennsylvania Lt. Gov could be facing more health problems than just his stroke according to doctors

Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman (D.) says that he will have a speedy recovery from a stroke earlier this month, but some doctors don’t agree. 

According to a report by The Washington Free Beacon, the Senate candidate is at an elevated risk of “sudden cardiac death.”

The New York Times cited doctors who said that Fetterman’s stroke, which was suffered about two weeks ago, was more serious than what he has told the media.

The physicians said that the procedures the candidate underwent, including the implantation of a pacemaker and defibrillator, would suggest that he has a serious heart condition.

“He is at risk for sudden cardiac death,” Dr. Elaine Wan, a stroke doctor at Columbia University, told the Times. “For someone on the campaign trail that might raise concerns.”

Another doctor, Dr. Lee Schwamm, is a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School and a stroke specialist and weighed in saying that Fetterman’s procedure, a thrombectomy, would indicate tha the stroke was because of a blockage of a major artery near the brain.

“These strokes tend to be very severe,” said Schwamm. “He is fortunate that he went to a hospital that could treat it.”

The candidate has been consistently telling the media that his stroke was minor, clearly still looking to win the position as Pennsylvania’s representative to the Senate, but his imposing frame might not be enough to secure him the confidence that voters won’t be forced back to the polls to find a replacement if his health continues to decline.

In addition to the May 13 issue, Fetterman fended off questions about a 2013 incident where he pulled a shotgun on an unarmed black jogger, defending himself by pointing to support for Democrat-type candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)