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Sen. Reid resting at home after mild stroke

Associated Press
Published August 21, 2005


LAS VEGAS - Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada spent Saturday with family and friends, his public appearances canceled after he experienced a brief "mini-stroke" that aides said caused no complications.

"He's resting for the weekend like most people do," said press secretary Tessa Hafen. "He did reiterate he's fine and okay."

Reid, 65, said Friday that he had seen a doctor after feeling lightheaded Tuesday evening at his home in Searchlight, about an hour south of Las Vegas. He was told he had experienced a mini-stroke called a transient ischemic attack.

Hafen said Reid experienced no speech difficulties or physical symptoms associated with strokes, and after medical evaluations, he was told there were no complications and that he didn't need to restrict his activities.

He was not hospitalized. However, Reid canceled several public appearances Friday and Saturday in Nevada after doctors advised him to take advantage of the congressional recess to rest. Other public appearances were on hold.

Reid expects to resume his normal schedule by the time Congress returns from its summer recess Sept. 6, Hafen said.

Reid was chosen to lead Senate Democrats at the beginning of the current congressional session after the previous minority leader, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, lost his 2004 re-election bid. Reid had been the Democratic whip - the No. 2 position - for six years before moving into the leadership role.

[Last modified August 21, 2005, 00:51:14]


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