Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Tuesday that he was “dumb” for not paying attention to fatigue symptoms during his campaign trail that led him to have a heart attack.
“I must confess that I was dumb. I was born, and thank god, I have a lot of energy,” Sanders told reporters outside his home in Vermont.
“During this campaign, Ive been doing, in some cases, three or four rallies a day running all over the state, Iowa, New Hampshire, wherever. And yet I, in the last month or two, just was more fatigued than I usually have been. So, and I should have listened to those symptoms …” he continued.
“So, if theres any message that I hope we can get out there, is that I want people to pay attention to their symptoms. And you know, when youre hurting, when youre fatigued, when you have pain in your chest, listen to it,” he added.
The 78-year-old Democratic presidential candidate was hospitalized in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event. He was transferred to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, where two stents were inserted to open up a blocked artery in his heart, according to a statement from the doctors.
He was discharged from the hospital on Oct. 4 and his campaign said the senator was recovering and in good spirits. He is expected to participate in the fourth Democratic presidential debate, according to Sanderss spokesperson. He is one of three Democratic presidential candidates who are over 70 years old.
“I just got out of the hospital a few hours ago and Im feeling so much better,” Sanders said in a video after his discharge. “See you soon on the campaign trail.”
Sanders is currently polling at third in most polls, behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden. According to RealClearPolitics, Sanders is polling at an average of 14.6 percent, while Warren is polling at an average of 26.6 percent, and Biden trailing closely behind at 26.4 percent, as of Tuesday.