Sen. Chris Van Hollen Becomes Third Prominent Democrat to Suffer a Stroke This Year

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced late Sunday night he was hospitalized with a stroke. Van Hollen, 63, is the third prominent Democrat to suffer a stroke this year–all men and under 65 years of age.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), file screen image.

“This weekend, after feeling lightheaded while delivering a speech, I sought medical attention at the recommendation of the Attending Physician. I’m feeling much better but will follow doctors’ orders and curtail my schedule for the next few days. My full statement is below:”

This weekend, I was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain while I was delivering a speech in Western Maryland. At the recommendation of the attending physician, I sought medical attention upon my return home. 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. 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. I look forward to returning to work in the Senate later this week and thank the medical team for their excellent care.

Earlier Sunday Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D), 52, announced that he had suffered stroke due to a blood clot from atrial fibrillation that has taken him off the campaign trail just days before Tuesday’s primary in which he is the leading candidate in the Democrat primary for U.S. Senate.

Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), 49, was hospitalized with a stroke in late January and required surgey. He recovered and returned to the Senate in early March.

Luján Statement on Hospitalization
February 1, 2022
Albuquerque, N.M. – Carlos Sanchez, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), issued the following statement:

“Early Thursday morning, Senator Luján began experiencing dizziness and fatigue. He checked himself into Christus St. Vincent Regional Hospital in Santa Fe. He was then transferred to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque for further evaluation. Senator Luján was found to have suffered a stroke in the cerebellum, affecting his balance. As part of his treatment plan, he subsequently underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling.

“He is currently being cared for at UNM Hospital, resting comfortably, and expected to make a full recovery. The Senator’s offices remain open and will continue providing constituent services to all New Mexicans without any interruption. The Senator and his family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at both UNM Hospital and Christus St. Vincent Regional Hospital for their excellent care during this time. Senator Luján looks forward to getting back to work for the people of New Mexico. At this time, he and his family would appreciate their privacy, and ask for your continued prayers and well wishes.” ###

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