Tuesday 27 September 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton given clean bill of health by her doctor

Steve Holland

Published 31/07/2015 | 21:01

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak outlining economic vision at the New School in New Yor
US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to speak outlining economic vision at the New School in New Yor

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is healthy and "fit to serve" with no lingering effects from a 2012 concussion that caused a health scare when she was secretary of state, her personal physician said on Friday.

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The Clinton campaign released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack of Mount Kisco, New York, that detailed the health status of Clinton, the front-runner to represent the Democratic Party in the November 2016 presidential election.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

One of the questions about the 67-year-old Clinton's health has been whether she had completely recovered from a concussion suffered when she fainted in December 2012 after contracting a stomach virus while traveling abroad and becoming dehydrated.

She had been forced to wear special glasses for a while to counteract double vision that resulted from the concussion, which caused a blood clot in her head that dissolved through the use of anticoagulant medicine.

The doctor's statement said Clinton's symptoms were resolved in 2013 but that she continues to take a daily anticoagulant.

"She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States," the statement said.

The statement said Clinton suffers from hypothyroidism and seasonal allergies and had bouts of deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and 2009. She broke her elbow in 2009.

A March 21 physical examination showed Clinton with some healthy vital statistics: Cholesterol of 195, a resting heart rate of 72 and blood pressure of 100 over 65.

The statement said Clinton takes thyroid medicine to correct her hypothyroidism, a common malady in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone.

She does not smoke and drinks alcohol occasionally, the statement said. It added that she exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.

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