Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., baords a plane Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Sen. Bernie Sanders leaves Las Vegas after heart attack

October 05, 2019 - 11:18 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is leaving Las Vegas and returning home to Vermont after being treated for a heart attack.

The 78-year-old boarded a plane Saturday, just one day after he was released from a hospital.

Sanders was at a campaign event Tuesday when he experienced chest discomfort and was taken to a hospital.

Sanders' campaign released a statement from his doctors that said two stents were inserted to open up a blocked artery in his heart. They say the rest of his arteries were normal.

The doctors said the rest of his stay was "uneventful with good expected progress."

This marks the second time in two months that health problems forced Sanders to cancel campaign events. In September, he backed out of some appearances in South Carolina because he lost his voice.