UPDATE: Joe Calvello, Director of Communications of Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman released the following statement:

“John Fetterman just completed a successful procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator.  The procedure began at 3:15pm, John was released at 5:56pm, and he has been given the all-clear that it was successful. He is resting at the hospital and recovering well. John continues to improve every day, and he is still on track for a full recovery.”


BRADDOCK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s campaign announced he’ll be undergoing a procedure to implant a pacemaker, just hours before the polls close for the primary election.

In a statement from Fetterman’s campaign, they said he’s about to undergo a “standard procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator.” This comes four days after Fetterman had suffered a stroke.

The procedure should be short and will help protect his heart and address the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), by regulating his heart rate and rhythm, according to the statement

Fetterman, who is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, said he was doing well. He’s currently staying at Lancaster General Hospital and will not be attending his primary election party in Pittsburgh.

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Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, spotted the symptoms and got him to the hospital where they were able to spot and remove a clot that put his heart in an A-fib rhythm for too long.