Bradley: 'I'm feeling great'
December 11, 1999
Web posted at: 6:14 p.m. EST (2314 GMT)
PALO ALTO, California (CNN) -- Democratic presidential
candidate Bill Bradley says he's "feeling great" as his
campaign goes back on schedule after a bout with an irregular
After a brief interruption because of an irregular
heartbeat, Bradley is resuming his presidential campaign
The 56-year-old former U.S. senator from New Jersey told
reporters Saturday that his heart condition is "just a
nuisance" and that it won't affect his ability to continue
campaigning. Bradley was diagnosed with the condition,
called atrial fibrillation, in 1996, according to medical records released by his campaign.
"I exercise regularly on the Stairmaster," Bradley said. "The
campaign is invigorating for me, it always has been and it
always will. I'm having a terrific time doing it, my energy
level is more than adequate, and anybody that has been
campaigning with me for the last year would know we run a
very full schedule," he said.
Bradley's news conference in California was his first public
appearance since being sidelined by an irregular heartbeat
Friday. The condition prompted Bradley to cancel scheduled
campaign stops in California Friday evening and Seattle on
Bradley said he does not expect his health to alter his
campaign schedule in the future.
Sunday, he's expected to address the Florida State Democratic
Convention in Orlando, aides said.
Gore wishes rival 'continued good health'
In Atlanta on Saturday, Vice President Al Gore wished his
rival "continued good health" and said, "I hope to see him
back on the campaign trail imminently."
Friday, Bradley was examined at a Redwood City, California,
hospital after complaining of an irregular heartbeat
Thursday. He was comfortable and in good spirits
after being released from the hospital Friday evening, his
spokesman, Eric Hauser, said.
"It corrected itself, and there was no treatment necessary,"
"By the time he arrived at the hospital at 3:30 (Friday), he
converted to a normal rhythm, and therefore no therapeutic
interventions were necessary," said Edward Anderson, one of
the doctors who examined the candidate.
Aides said Bradley is not on a special diet, but controls his
heart condition with medication.
Campaign releases letter from physician
The Bradley campaign released results of a physical
examination which the candidate underwent December 3. It
included a letter from his physician, Dr. Robert
Heissenbuttel of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New
The letter noted that Bradley's 1996 diagnosis of atrial
fibrillation, one type of an irregular heart rhythm,
indicated "no precipitating cause nor any cardiac disease
It said he had experienced "episodes" of irregular heartbeat
four times over the next two years and had undergone two
cardioversions in 1998.
Cardioversion is a treatment where the heart is given a mild
electric shock to adjust its rhythm while the patient is
under general anesthesia.
"Since May of 1998 after your third and last cardioversion,"
the letter said, "you have been treated with Procanbid," the
trade name for procainamide, an anti-arrhythmic agent.
Since then, it said, "You have had two brief episodes of
atrial fibrillation, which converted spontaneously. The
medication has been effective in preventing or shortening the
duration of the episodes and has been well tolerated with no
Atrial fibrillation is defined by the American Heart
Association as a "quivering" in the upper chambers of the
heart, called the atria, causing the heart to pump blood