Clinton campaign releases additional medical information

Hillary Clinton releases additional health records and details about her ongoing bout with pneumonia

Hillary Clinton released more detailed medical information Wednesday that describes the form of pneumonia she's been diagnosed with as a mild, non-contagious bacterial infection.

The campaign also released more details about the results of routine lab tests given to the Democratic presidential nominee, such as blood cholesterol levels and her annual mammogram.

Clinton has been at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., resting since she was recorded leaving a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Sunday in New York City stumbling and being held up by her aides. After receiving a CT scan of her chest on Friday, Clinton was diagnosed with a small right middle-lobe pneumonia, according to a campaign official who was not authorized to speak publicly. Clinton is being treated with the antibiotic Levaquin for 10 days.

Sunday's health incident was preceded by Internet rumors fanned by conservative websites the Democratic nominee has broader health issues, a narrative the campaign wants to squash after Clinton spent much of August fundraising in private instead of holding public events.

Spokesman Brian Fallon said earlier this week the former secretary of State has no underlying health condition. Clinton suffers from seasonal allergies that developed into pneumonia, according to her doctor.

Also included in Wednesday's release are the results of additional lab tests as well as that of an annual mammogram, which was reported as normal. According to Clinton's physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, "the remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition."

Bardack added: "She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve." The campaign is also releasing a health letter on her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, written by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician of the U.S. Congress.

Clinton has come under criticism for not disclosing that she was sick until two days after the pneumonia diagnosis. In a Monday night appearance on CNN, Clinton said she did not share her condition earlier because she "didn't think it was going to be that big a deal" and called on the press to hold Donald Trump to the "same standard" of transparency. She said she thought she “could power through It,’ but that “didn’t work out so well.”

In July 2015, Bardack, an internist in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said Clinton was "healthy" and "fit to serve," noting the candidate suffered from hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.

Clinton's history of blood clots has been a focus of attention. She underwent anticoagulation therapy to dissolve a blood clot and had to wear special glasses to correct double vision for nearly two months starting in late 2012. In last year's medical report, Bardack said follow-up exams in 2013 “revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis.” She’s had two prior blood clots in her leg, once in 1998 and once in 2009.

Trump, meanwhile, on Wednesday discussed records from a physical he had last week during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, which is set to air Thursday, according to a summary provided by the show.

The Republican presidential nominee shared information about the exam just hours after his campaign signaled he would only talk about health matters in a very general sense. Earlier, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the results of Trump's exam would be shared publicly "this week."

The statement from the Oz program also said Trump's physical was performed by Dr. Harold Bornstein, his personal physician, who in a brief letter last year proclaimed the real estate mogul would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

At 70, Trump would be the oldest candidate ever elected president for the first time; Clinton turns 69 in October, making her just months younger than Ronald Reagan was when he first took office.

In her CNN interview earlier this week, Clinton noted that her medical disclosure is in line with what was provided by President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in 2012.

In 2008, Republican Sen. John McCain released more than a thousand pages of medical records to show he was cancer-free and fit to serve as president.

Contributing: David Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

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