Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland says he had minor stroke during speech

Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said he suffered a minor stroke while delivering a speech in the western part of his state over the weekend.

In a statement Sunday night, Van Hollen, 63, a Democrat, said that he did not suffer long-term damage and that after a few days’ rest, he will head back to work.

He said that during the speech, details of which were not available, he had lightheadedness and neck pain.


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Van Hollen indicated that it was enough to prompt a visit to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, where an attending physician recommended a follow-up evaluation upon his return home to nearby Kensington, Maryland.

“Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head,” Van Hollen said in the statement.

He said his doctors recommended taking a few days off for “observation.” “Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident,” he said.

Van Hollen is running for re-election without formidable opposition.

In neighboring Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said earlier Sunday that he had suffered a stroke and would “take a minute” from campaigning to make what he said would be a full recovery.

With two days until the Pennsylvania Senate primary, Fetterman is the leading Democrat in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Frank Thorp V contributed.

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