Univision Gives Bernie The All-Clear

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JORGE RAMOS, SENIOR ANCHOR, UNIVISION: Now, let’s see what the prognosis is for the patient. The patient is Bernie Sanders, he is 78 years old. The President of the United States is 73, Elizabeth Warren is 70. Clearly, these are people that are exerting tremendous effort. If this were your patient, Bernie Sanders, you tell him, what?

 

DR. JUAN RIVERA, CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Just so you get an idea: Bernie Sanders has a blocked artery, he had symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath. Now his artery is open…

 

RAMOS: Of course.

 

RIVERA: In other words, Bernie Sanders is going to feel better. He’ll have more energy, he won’t have any more chest pain, he’ll be able to resume his campaign and feel better. If he were my patient, obviously, I’d tell him that he could continue doing what he…

 

RAMOS: He can withstand the campaign.

 

RIVERA: Certainly...remember that Clinton went through more severe cardiac issues. Right? I’d tell him that he can continue. Now, there is a medication regimen that he's going to have to be on for the rest of his life which will be extremely important. Jorge. If I were to take all the presidential candidates right now and perform a coronary CT scan on all of them, although they’re not showing any symptoms, I’d bet you that many of them also have coronary disease.

 

RAMOS: Due to their age.

 

RIVERA: Due to their age, and because it’s the most common disease in the United States. And so, obviously, well, it’s not ideal for you to have chest pain and to have a stent placed in your coronary artery, but many people go on to live many more years without a problem after that.

 

RAMOS: Patient Bernie Sanders, Dr. Juan, thank you for being here. Thank you.  

 

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