According to officials at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Ruth began experiencing nausea and dizziness while attending the Tennessee Sheriff’s Assocation meeting this week.
Ruth will remain hospitalized for a few more days for additional testing, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Bird.
Ruth and Bird were attending special training by the FBI Thursday when he began experiencing sickness. As a precaution, he was hospitalized at Tri-Star Summit Medical Center in Hermitage for testing.
According to a media release by Bob Gault, Ruth suffers from atrial fibrillation, “a condition which is controlled by medication. ‘A-fib’ occasionally causes tiny blood clots resulting in stroke-like symptoms.
“The sheriff is alert, responding well to his medication and giving instructions from his hospital room,” Gault said.
Bird said he plans to visit the sheriff Sunday.
“When I left Nashville the other day, he seemed to be in good spirit,” Bird said.
A full recovery is expected, according to Gault.
“Ruth appreciates the prayers and concerns of all,” Gault said.