Fetterman and his aides have often mentioned this condition. He has opted for closed captioning in interviews with the press and will do so again during a debate next week against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz.
The Democratic nominee’s “hearing of sound such as music is not affected. His communication is greatly improved from his first visit assisted by speech therapy, which he has attended regularly since the stroke,” Chen writes. Fetterman has acknowledged that he sometimes stumbles his words.
The letter marks the most detailed information Fetterman’s campaign has provided from a doctor since a letter in early June explaining that the surgery performed 17 days earlier to install a defibrillator was to treat a previously undisclosed diagnosis of cardiomyopathy and not for atrial fibrillation as the campaign originally claimed. .
Chen writes that Fetterman’s vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate and pulse oximetry, were normal. All of his blood work, including cholesterol and liver function, was also normal, Chen writes. Fetterman has no strength or coordination difficulties or cognitive impairments. His remaining problem, Chen writes, is auditory processing.
Oz has attacked Fetterman for not releasing more detailed medical records or making his doctors available for interviews with the press.
Chen writes that he has consulted Fetterman’s neurologist and cardiologist. Fetterman is taking “appropriate medications to optimize his heart condition and prevent future strokes.” Fetterman is “well and shows a strong commitment to maintaining good fitness and health practices. He has no work restrictions and can work fully in public office,” Chen writes.
Fetterman won the Democratic nomination days after his stroke in May without fully disclosing the extent of his physical condition. He revealed more than two weeks later that in 2017 he had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which reduced the amount of blood his heart could pump, and he had failed to take his medication and follow up with a doctor.
Oz has released three letters written by his doctor from this year and in recent years that describe his health as “excellent.”