Friday 2 December 2016

Clinton 'recovering well and fit to serve as president'

Lisa Lerer and David Lawlor New York

Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30

Clinton was seen on Sunday reassuring the press after her collapse that day. Photo: AP
Clinton was seen on Sunday reassuring the press after her collapse that day. Photo: AP

Hillary Clinton is "recovering well" from pneumonia and remains "fit to serve as president of the United States", her doctor said in a letter released last night by her campaign.

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The health details made public by the Democratic presidential nominee included a description of the pneumonia diagnosis Ms Clinton received last week. Her illness became public after she left Sunday's 9/11 memorial service early and was seen on video staggering while getting into a van.

The health episode fuelled long-simmering conservative conspiracy theories about Ms Clinton's health and provided a fresh line of attack for rival Donald Trump, who has frequently questioned whether Ms Clinton has the stamina to serve as commander in chief.

Facing criticism about a lack of transparency when it comes to her health, Ms Clinton's campaign promised to disclose more detailed information about her health this week.

The letter stated that Ms Clinton underwent a chest scan that revealed she had "mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia", according to Ms Clinton's doctor, Dr Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York. She was treated with a 10-day course of Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat infections.

Dr Bardack said Ms Clinton was up to date on all vaccines, including two given to help prevent pneumonia - Prevnar and Pneumovax.

"She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest," wrote Dr Bardack. "She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States."

Ms Clinton (68) has blood pressure of 100 over 70. Her total cholesterol was 189; her LDL or "bad" cholesterol was 103, and her HDL or "good" cholesterol was 56 - all within healthy levels and not signalling the need for any medications. She has also had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound, according to the letter.

She takes thyroid and allergy medicines and the blood thinner Coumadin, prescribed as a preventative after she suffered a blood clot resulting from a 2012 concussion.

Ms Clinton has spent the past three days out of the public eye, recuperating at her suburban New York home. She will return to the campaign trail today, with a rally in North Carolina and a speech before a Hispanic group in Washington.

"I just talked to her - she's feeling great and I think she'll be back out there tomorrow," former US president Bill Clinton said yesterday. "It's a crazy time we live in, you know, when people think there's something unusual about getting the flu."

The sooner Ms Clinton gets back on the stumps, the better. Mr Trump leads her by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio, a gap that underscores the Democrat's challenges in critical Rust Belt states after one of the roughest stretches of her campaign.

Exercise

Meanwhile, Mr Trump reportedly revealed he has high testosterone levels and is borderline obese during a discussion of his recent medical examination for a TV talk show.

The US Republican presidential nominee was interviewed by Mehmet Oz on the 'Dr Oz' show about the medical checks and his diet and exercise.

The interview will air today, but those who viewed its taping said Mr Trump discussed his desire to lose 15 to 20lb. He also reportedly said he did not exercise, but is so good at golf that he could play professionally.

He used to have high cholesterol but was put on a statin drug to bring it down to its current, healthy level, audience members relayed.

The exam also reportedly showed Mr Trump has high levels of testosterone, the hormone which affects sex drive as well as physical characteristics such as muscle mass.

The Trump campaign reversed itself twice yesterday over whether he would turn the full exam results over to Dr Oz, leading to speculation that there was something Mr Trump wanted to hide.

In the end, the Republican nominee brought a one-page summary of the medical exam to the set. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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