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Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland recovering after minor stroke

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) speaks at a Senate hearing on May 10. Van Hollen is hospitalized after having a minor stroke over the weekend. (Tom Williams/Bloomberg News)

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) remains in the hospital recovering from what he described as a “minor stroke” he experienced over the weekend at a Democratic event.

But Van Hollen emphasized in a statement late Sunday that he is expected to make a full recovery and is not expected to have any long-term damage.

Van Hollen was delivering a speech at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit on Saturday when he began experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain, he said in a statement. He completed the speech but, after returning home, sought medical attention at the advice of a doctor and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital.

On Sunday, he said, an angiogram “indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my head.”

Van Hollen said he was informed there are “no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident.” But he is remaining under observation at the hospital “out of an abundance of caution” for the next few days.

“I look forward to returning to work in the Senate later this week and thank the medical team for their excellent care,” he said in his statement.

Well wishes poured in for the 63-year-old Democrat, who is up for reelection to a second term in the Senate this year, though he is not facing any major competition.

Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), who attended the summit at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort on Saturday, said Van Hollen showed no signs of distress while delivering his speech.

“Sending all good wishes and prayers for a continued speedy recovery to Senator Chris Van Hollen, who gave an excellent and inspiring speech at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit even as he apparently suffered this mild stroke. We’re with you, Chris!” Raskin wrote on Twitter.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said on Twitter on Monday morning he was “wishing my friend Senator Van Hollen a full and speedy recovery.”

Van Hollen was elected in 2016 and has since taken powerful roles on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, among others. He said on Twitter that he would “follow doctors’ orders and curtail my schedule for the next few days” while recovering.

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