Bloomberg Goes After Bernie by Releasing New Information on Heart Health

The 2020 Democratic primary has been a wild one thus far, with the gargantuan field of candidates attempting to subvert one another constantly, and with attacks that cover the full gamut of each others’ character.

Of course, there are some real concerns out there as well, including a pervasive worry that there are no real frontrunners who aren’t suffering from some sort of health problems.

This train of thought was brought to the forefront of American politics during the 2016 election when then-candidate Hillary Clinton consistently appeared to be unhealthy during the campaign.  Her constant coughing fits and a fainting spell just weeks ahead of the election likely contributed to her inability to woo the Democratic masses.

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In 2020, with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden dueling over the top spot in the race, these fears are being reinstated.  Both men are in their late 70’s, and Biden’s cognitive health is a very real concern among those who’ve witnesses him stumbling through stump speeches and uttering ridiculous gaffes on the regular.

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Sanders quite literally suffered a mild heart attack earlier in the primaries, and now another candidate is seizing on that incident in order to attack the Vermont Senator.

Michael Bloomberg’s campaign disclosed new information on Thursday about the health of the presidential candidate’s heart, and called on Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack last year, to release the same data — a clear attempt to bring the issue of the Democratic frontrunner’s health to the forefront in the 2020 race for the White House.

Bloomberg’s last annual health exam was in July and included cardiac stress testing and a stress echocardiogram, according to a letter from Dr. Stephen Sisson at Johns Hopkins University that the

Bloomberg campaign shared with CNN. According to Sisson, Bloomberg’s left ventricular ejection fraction was “normal” at 60-65%; his left ventricular cavity size and left ventricular function were also deemed “normal”; and his exercise capacity was described as “excellent.”

There was no doubt as to where this information was aimed.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said in a separate statement to CNN that Sanders should release the same left ventricular ejection fraction data.

“Releasing this single scientific number about heart health could start to put to rest any concerns about Senator Sanders’ secrecy about his recent heart attack,” Loeser said. “Mike Bloomberg’s doctor shared Mike’s number. Will Senator Sanders ask his doctor to do the same?”

As of this writing, the Sanders campaign has yet to respond to Bloomberg’s deft maneuver.

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