Fetterman reveals the extent of heart problems: “I avoided going to the doctor.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a defibrillator implanted in 2001. He finished two terms in the White House, including a hard-fought re-election campaign in 2004.

“The doctors have told me I need to keep resting, eating healthy, exercising and focusing on my recovery, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” Fetterman said. “It will take some time to get back on the campaign trail as if you were in sight of the primary. It’s frustrating, all the more so because it’s my fault, but be patient, I need a little more time. I’m not 100% back yet, but I’m getting closer every day. “

When he returns to the campaign, it looks like his Republican opponent will be Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famous TV doctor. With a statewide recount still ongoing Friday in the Republican Senate primary and no official call to the race, David McCormick conceded the race for dr ounce

Ed Rendell, a former Democratic governor of the state and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said in an interview Friday that he has no complaints about Mr. Fetterman’s eligibility to serve. He downplayed how much Mr. Fetterman’s health would weigh on the minds of voters, saying he didn’t think it would be a problem.

“When I was governor, Republicans said I was on a cheesy steak from a heart attack, and I never did,” said Mr. Rendell.

Nancy Patton Mills, president of the Pennsylvania Democrats, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commission did not immediately comment on Friday.

Mr. Fetterman has been off track since his stroke and has occasionally posted short videos ever since. As a sign that Mr. Fetterman was moving towards political engagement, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, tweeted that he had a “virtual double date” with Mr. Fetterman and his wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, previously. Friday afternoon.

“I can’t wait to see many more during the election campaign this summer!” Mr. Casey wrote.

Gina Kolata Other Neil Vigdor contributed reportage.

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