- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 20, 2005

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suffered a brief mild stroke Tuesday, but doctors found no complications and he feels fine, aides said yesterday.

The Nevada Democrat canceled several appearances in his home state this week. But “there are no complications or any restrictions on his activities,” said his press secretary, Tessa Hafen.

“He has undergone evaluations this week, and his doctors have recommended that he take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some downtime,” she added.

Miss Hafen said Mr. Reid, 65, sought medical attention at the urging of his wife, Landra. He was told he had experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

“It’s being described as a mini-stroke … but he is feeling just fine,” she said.

On vacation in Texas, President Bush was told of Mr. Reid’s condition. “The president is glad to hear that Senator Reid is feeling fine and looks forward to working with him this fall,” White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, said he had spoken with Mr. Reid since the episode and Mr. Reid was “showing his usual strength of spirit.”

Mr. Reid was in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., about an hour south of Las Vegas, when the episode occurred, and went to Las Vegas to see a doctor, Miss Hafen said. She said he is now in Las Vegas with his family and is not hospitalized. Congress has been in recess since the beginning of August.

“He honestly has been feeling fine this week. He was just doing some tests and running some evaluations,” Miss Hafen said. “He has run 12 marathons (in the past). He’s in good shape.”

Asked why announcement of the event was delayed for three days, she said: “The reason was the tests and the evaluations that they were doing. We wanted to make sure we knew what we were announcing. You need conclusive information.”

A TIA is described by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as a transient stroke that lasts a few minutes and occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted.

Symptoms including weakness and dizziness usually occur suddenly and are similar to those of stroke, but usually disappear within an hour.

Mr. Reid canceled some events this week: an observance yesterday in southern Nevada of Social Security’s 70th anniversary, a lunch yesterday with Clark County teachers and a planned speech in Reno, Nev., today to the Associated Press Television-Radio Association of California and Nevada.

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