Edwards suffering from irregular heartbeat
Posted January 17, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.