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Thursday, December 14, 2006
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: 'Long road' ahead for Sen. Johnson
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Sen. Tim Johnson should expect a "long road" to recovery after suffering a brain hemorrhage and undergoing surgery, according to CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"We are not talking about hours and days of recovery, but rather days and weeks, maybe even months at a minimum," Gupta said.

The bleeding apparently is on the left side of the senator's brain, the part responsible for speech and strength on the right side of his body, Gupta noted.

Several factors -- including hypertension -- can cause the tangle of arteries and veins to place pressure on the brain.

Read Dr. Gupta's blog
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