Questions about Clinton’s health move from the fringe in wake of pneumonia diagnosis
Hillary Clinton, whose sudden departure from a 9/11 commemoration Sunday threatened to raise questions anew about her health, has hypothyroidism, seasonal pollen allergies and takes blood thinners as a precaution against clots, according to a letter from her personal physician released by her campaign in July 2015.
In December 2012, Clinton fainted and sustained a concussion after a stomach virus and dehydration prevented her from initially testifying before Congress, which was investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attack. She was later found to have a clot and double vision, causing her to wear special eyeglasses.
A 2013 follow-up visit showed that Clinton had no more effects from the concussion and tested negative for all blood clotting disorders, her doctor said.
“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States,” wrote Lisa Bardack, chairman of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group.
Bardack said Clinton does not smoke or use illicit drugs and drinks alcohol occasionally.
“She eats a diet rich in lean protein, vegetables and fruits,” her doctor wrote. “She exercises regularly, including yoga, swimming, walking and weight training.”
At the time, she was up to date on regular colonoscopy and gynecologic exams, mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Her most recent physical was conducted on March 21, 2015.
Clinton’s family history includes a father who died of a stroke and a mother who died from congestive heart failure. She has two brothers, one of whom has premature heart disease.
In 2015, when Clinton released the letter from Bardack, an internist and Clinton’s doctor since 2001, her campaign said that she was the first presidential candidate to release a health history.
Trump has released little on his health, though he is expected to be interviewed by Dr Mehmet Oz on television this week.
He previously released a letter from his longtime doctor, gastroenterologist Harold Bornstein, that has been mocked by Democrats and doctors. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency,” Bornstein wrote last year. Trump’s blood pressure and lab results were “astonishingly excellent” and “his physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” he wrote.