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Edwards suffering from irregular heartbeat

Posted January 17, 2012

— Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is suffering from an irregular heartbeat, a source close to Edwards' family told WRAL News on Tuesday.

The condition has prompted a delay in Edwards' trial on alleged campaign finance violations.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, has experienced three episodes since last fall and has blacked out at least once, prompting his physicians to urge him not to drive.

He is on medication, and cardiologists told U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles that he is scheduled to undergo a procedure in February.

Dr. Allen Mask of the WRAL Health Team, who isn't involved in Edwards' treatment, said procedures could include shock therapy, a pacemaker or a radio-frequency treatment that heats and destroys the heart tissue causing the abnormal rhythm.

Saying "real and serious health issues" were at stake, Eagles postponed Edwards' trial, which had been slated to start Jan. 30, until at least March 26.

Edwards faces six felony and misdemeanor counts related to nearly $1 million from wealthy donors used to help hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 While House run.

He has maintained that the money was a gift and not unreported campaign contributions.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 18, 2012

    Edwards can't have a heart problem. He's heartless.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 18, 2012

    Edwards is suffering from being allergic to prison.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jan 18, 2012

    If Edwards wasn't a rich Democrat politician, the judge would have laughed at him for this feeble excuse.

    Amazing what you can pay doctors to say.

  • cwood3 Jan 18, 2012

    What does a heart arithmia have to do with his trial for being a crook??? A crook is a crook is a croook!!

    And a crook belongs in the clinker!! Bye Johnny boy!!

  • Sherlock Jan 18, 2012

    So does half the people in American and some that are in prision, so what he can still do th etime.

  • AX MAN Jan 18, 2012

    This can't be true. John Edwards has NO HEART, just ask his family. What a crock !!!!!!!!

  • CherryPicker Jan 18, 2012

    What a shame. Another politician with a health issue. Could not have happened to a nicer guy.

  • wildpig777 Jan 18, 2012

    one last parting tidbit o wisdom-- i also suffer from a debilitating diaease that is chronic an harmful to my health just like john edwards.. i suffer from the diaease of poverty and lemme tell you -it's crimpin my lifestyle. Now i wonder if i was scheduled to stand before the good judge if i could get a continuance?

  • wildpig777 Jan 18, 2012

    i dont joke about john edwards or the nc democratic party== thier actions speak way louder than thier words,, i consider both to be harmful to one's health. and the repubs aint no better. now can i get any fairer than that?

  • wildpig777 Jan 18, 2012

    i wonder how that poverty advococy thing is working out for john edwards? kinda hard to to relate to being po if you have appx 70 million bux i'd think. now what i really wonder about is -- to be sure john wont usuin the poverty angle to lol --get ahead politically,, societally,, or win favor of the people? to be sure not.