U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Hospitalized After Stroke

by Patrick Herron

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering what he described as a “minor stroke.” Van Hollen was giving a speech in Western Maryland when he began to feel light headed and acute pain in his neck. He was then taken to George Washington University Hospital where the stroke was diagnosed. Before joining the U.S. Senate, Van Hollen represented Maryland’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Full statement from Senator Van Hollen: “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.”

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, who is currently running for senator in his state, also announced on Sunday that he is recovering from a stroke.


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