McConnell reportedly not suffering from stroke or seizures, says Capitol doctor

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Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), center, is assisted by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo. ), Sen. John Thune (R-S.D. ), and Sen. Joni Ernest, R.Iowa after the 81 year old GOP leader frozen at the microphones.

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Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), center, is assisted by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo. ), Sen. John Thaune (R-S.D. ), and Sen. Joni Ernest, R.Iowa after the 81 year-old GOP Leader froze on the microphones in July.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not suffer a seizure, stroke or movement disorder when he temporarily froze at a news conference last week, according to a new letter from the attending physician at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell’s office released a letter on Tuesday from Dr. Brian Monahan recommending no changes to McConnell’s treatment plan following a concussion he suffered earlier this year. Monahan’s letter states that he examined McConnell in August and conducted “several evaluations, including brain MRI, EEG, and consultations from several neurologists to conduct a comprehensive assessment of McConnell’s neurology.” Monahan stated that there was no evidence that McConnell had a seizure, a TIA (short stroke) or any movement problems like Parkinson’s. The letter did not provide additional information on what may have caused the recent incidents where McConnell froze and needed to be assisted by aides. The letter stated that lightheadedness can be a sign of concussions and dehydration.