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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption 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 Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment MORE are all in their 70s. President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE is 73.