CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, became ill and had to be taken to the hospital Tuesday night.
Speaking to the Daily Mail on Thursday morning, Blair said he has been plagued by blood pressure problems since before Christmas.
He attended a reception at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday night with other members of the Senate Finance Committee. Blair said he fell sick after returning home, and had to call an ambulance.
He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital, where Blair said he is receiving top-notch care.
"They're doing a great job down here," he said.
Blair said doctors believe his condition could be caused by a blockage in his renal artery, which feeds blood to the kidneys. He said they also believe his blood pressure problems could be caused by malfunctioning glands.
"It's like a roller coaster. I could be going just fine...in fact the last three days, my blood pressure was anywhere from 110 to 120. Everything was perfect," he said.
On Tuesday night, his blood pressure shot over 200.
Blair said he has tried to schedule his previous doctors appointments on the weekends, when he returns to Berkeley County, in order to missing time in the State Senate. He said he hopes to be back at the Capitol within a few days.