(PatriotHeadline.com) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a 78-year-old heart attack survivor who at one time promised to release his full medical health records, but who now refuses to. Now, a leading cardiologist claims that the senator is purposely hiding a key indicator relating to his heart health.
Dr Richard Kovacs in the president of the American College of Cardiology, and on Monday he revealed that Sanders had not offered the public information about the left ventricular ejection fraction. This is the measure of the amount of blood a human heart can push out each time it beats. Failure to release this information could suggest that Sanders’ heart remains weak following his cardiac arrest.
Speaking to NBC News, Dr Kovacs explained, “Normally the heart will push out 60 percent…If you go down to 40 or 50 percent, we regard that as mild impairment of the left ventricle. Thirty to 40 percent would be moderate. If you get to 30 percent, that would be severe.”
The Sanders campaign, however, insists that they have released plenty of information about his health already. During a “Meet the Press” interview earlier in February, Sanders said he has released as much information about his health “as any other candidate.” When pushed to release more information, he snapped back, “you can start releasing medical records and it never ends.”
Concern about Sanders’ health is merited. The aging senator had two stents inserted into an artery and, as a result, was hospitalized for a number of days. He then failed to release the medical information he had previously promised voters he would.
In an interview on MSNBC, Sanders said, “We released the full report of that heart attack.” He pointed to letters from three of his doctors that his campaign had previously released, however, letters aren’t the same as medical records.
And Bernie Sanders knows it.
According to Dr Kovacs, the letters “imply with the heart attack that he had diminished heart muscle strength.”
He wasn’t the only doctor to note the importance of ejection fraction, either. Dr Hadley Wilson, a cardiologist from the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in North Carolina, told the media that “Full transparency would be to release his ejection fraction.”
What is Bernie Sanders hiding?