Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is in Las Vegas recovering from a procedure to treat a blocked artery, is expected to return home to Vermont by Sunday and plans to participate in the upcoming Democratic debate, according to his wife, Jane Sanders.

“His doctors are pleased with his progress, and there has been no need for any additional procedures,” Jane Sanders said in a written statement released by the campaign on Thursday. “We expect Bernie will be discharged and on a plane back to Burlington before the end of the weekend.”

She said Sanders would “take a few days to rest, but he’s ready to get back out there and is looking forward to the October debate.”

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The next debate will be held on Oct. 15 near Columbus, Ohio. CNN and the New York Times will host the debate, which will air in prime time and is expected to draw millions of viewers.

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Thursday’s announcement was the most concrete indicator of the Vermont senator’s timeline for returning to the campaign after doctors found the blockage and inserted two stents earlier this week.

It remained unclear whether Sanders, 78, would resume his normal campaign activities before the debate. Jeff Weaver, a senior Sanders adviser, said Wednesday that Sanders had canceled appearances “until further notice.”

The overall state of Sanders’s health was also unclear. A spokesman declined to provide more specifics about his condition beyond the statement from Jane Sanders.

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But the campaign signaled Thursday that it intended to keep pressing ahead in the early nominating states. A TV ad campaign in Iowa the Sanders team had abruptly put off will begin on Tuesday, a campaign spokesman said. It is backed by $1.3 million and is slated to run for two weeks.

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Sanders was hospitalized during a trip to Nevada after experiencing chest pains at a Tuesday campaign event, according to Weaver. He was still recovering in a hospital on Thursday, the campaign said.

Jane Sanders flew to Las Vegas to be with him on Wednesday, according to the campaign.

An artery blockage such as Sanders’s normally has a good prognosis and does not tend to require a long recovery period, medical experts said.

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The senator thanked those who have wished him a speedy recovery, taking the opportunity Wednesday to highlight Medicare-for-all, his proposal for universal health care. “None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!” he tweeted.

Sanders has been campaigning at an aggressive pace in recent weeks, often holding multiple events per day, sometimes in more than one state.

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Sanders generally appears robust and energetic, but he has dealt with minor health issues over the past few months, such as losing his voice during a trip to Denver and injuring his head on the edge of a shower door in March, opening a wound that required seven stitches.

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Sanders has vowed to release his health records before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the primary season. Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), two other candidates in their 70s, have made the same promise.

Polls show Biden, Warren and Sanders are the three leading candidates for the Democratic nomination, and a younger generation of White House hopefuls has struggled to keep pace with them.

Sanders received encouragement and well wishes from near and far as he recovered in Las Vegas. Harry M. Reid, the Nevada Democrat and former Senate majority leader who served in the upper chamber of Congress with Sanders, paid him a visit, according to the Sanders campaign.

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Sanders’s Democratic rivals have wished Sanders a speedy recovery, and at least one campaign has sought to help his team deal with the difficult moment. Warren’s campaign sent dinner to Sanders campaign staffers working at his D.C. headquarters on Wednesday, prompting a public thanks from a Sanders aide.

“big thank you to @Team­Warren for sending dinner to our dc headquarters. the team is very grateful (and started with the cookies first),” tweeted Sanders spokesman Mike Casca.

Chelsea Janes in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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