updated 9/28/2006 9:03:26 AM ET 2006-09-28T13:03:26

Delaware's longest serving congressman was released from a hospital Wednesday, five days after suffering two minor strokes.

U.S. Rep. Michael Castle has been hospitalized since Saturday.

"I am not a very good patient, so it will be good to be home and get some rest," Castle said in a prepared statement. "I look forward to making a full recovery and hope to be back to my regular activities in due time."

The strokes involved a blood vessel serving adjacent areas of the thalamus, an area of the brain involved in processing sensory signals such as pain and pressure.

Doctors have said they expect the 67-year-old Republican to recover fully with no lasting impairment. 2006 key races

Castle, a former two-term governor, lieutenant governor and state legislator, is seeking an eighth term as the state's sole representative in the House.

"Our biggest challenge will be keeping him off the campaign trail, so I am recommending he get plenty of rest and do nothing strenuous over the next several weeks," cardiologist Dr. Michael Stillabower said in a statement released by Castle's office.

Castle is being challenged in the November elections by Democrat Dennis Spivack, Independent Karen Hartley-Nagle, and Green Party candidate Michael Berg.

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