Sanders says he was 'dumb' not to pay attention to warning signs before heart attack

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance Sierra Club endorses Biden for president  MORE (I-Vt.) said Tuesday that he should have paid attention to his symptoms in the months leading up to his recent heart attack.   

"I must confess that I was dumb," he said while speaking in Burlington, Vt. "I, in the last month or two, just was more fatigued than I usually have been, and I should have listened to those symptoms."

"I want people to pay attention to their symptoms, and when you're hurting, when you're fatigued, when you have pain in your chest, listen to it," he added. 

The Democratic presidential candidate also said that he would not release his medical records sooner than originally planned in light of the incident but that he did plan to release them. 

Sanders, 78, left the hospital last week after suffering what physicians said was a heart attack. He had two stents placed in a blocked coronary artery.

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His campaign confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that he will participate in the next Democratic debate on Oct. 15.

His hospitalization has highlighted the issue of age among the 2020 contenders. Biden and other top Democratic candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly On The Money: Administration defends Trump executive orders | CBO reports skyrocketing deficit | Government pauses Kodak loan pending review Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he is 'seriously' considering a capital gains tax cut Why Joe Biden is in trouble Harris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick MORE are all in their 70s. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE is 73.