Hillary Clinton hospitalized after detecting a blood clot
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State who had a fall and a concussion in early December was hospitalized in the afternoon hours on Sunday after doctors in a routine check-up discovered a blood clot.
A statement from her office said that “in the course of a follow-up exam, Secretary Clinton’s doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.
“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required.”
Clinton, 65, has not been seen in public since December 7, when she reportedly contracted a stomach virus during a trip to Europe. On Dec. 15, the State Department said that she had fainted at her home two days earlier, as a result of dehydration from the virus, and had sustained a concussion. The State Department said that her doctors had advised further rest.
During her absence, Clinton canceled an overseas trip and her scheduled testimony before Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. She also did not appear at the White House on Dec. 21, when President Obama introduced Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as his nominee to succeed Clinton.
Clinton had been expected to return to work next week.
This is not the first time Clinton has experienced a blood clot. She was rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1998 after doctors diagnosed a clot behind her left knee, according to the New York Daily News.
It happened as she was campaigning on behalf of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and had logged a significant amount of air travel. She was ordered to take blood thinners and later told the Daily News that it was “the most significant health scare” she had ever faced.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN who is a neurosurgeon speculates it is a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in her leg due to bed rest and inactivity during recovery from her illness. He said with a brain clot, it's very unusual to give blood thinners, especially since there may be a need for surgery. I hope it isn't serious and that they can take care of it and get her back on her feet, Dr. Gupta said.
Latest report from State Department reveals, Open Quote:"In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.
Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required."End Quote
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