Senate Minority Leader Suffers Minor Stroke


Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, minority leader of the Democratic Party, suffered a mild stroke Tuesday, but waited 3 days to report it. He is expected to make a full recovery.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada is recuperating after a brief mini-stroke that caused no complications but that he waited three days to disclose.

Reid, 65, a gold miner’s son who rose to become one of the nation’s most powerful elected Democrats, saw a doctor in Las Vegas after feeling lightheaded Tuesday evening, aides said Friday. He was told he had experienced a kind of mini-stroke called a transient ischemic attack.

“There are no complications or any restrictions on his activities,” said press secretary Tessa Hafen. “He has undergone evaluations this week, and his doctors have recommended that he take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some down time.”

Reid, who became leader of the Senate’s Democratic minority in January, canceled several public events Friday and Saturday in Nevada and remains in Las Vegas as with family members, Hafen said.

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