Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is under observation at a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.
Clinton’s doctors discovered the clot Sunday while performing a follow-up exam, her spokesman, Philippe Reines, said. He would not elaborate on the location of the clot but said Clinton was being treated with anti-coagulants and would remain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for at least the next 48 hours so doctors can monitor the medication.
“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion,” Reines said in a statement. “They will determine if any further action is required.”
Clinton, 65, fell and suffered a concussion while at home alone in mid-December as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. The concussion was diagnosed Dec. 13 and Clinton was forced to cancel a trip to North Africa and the Middle East that had been planned for the next week.
The seriousness of a blood clot “depends on where it is,” said Dr. Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center who was not involved in Clinton’s care.
Clots in the legs are a common risk after someone has been bedridden, as Clinton may have been for a time after her concussion. Those are “no big deal” and are treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.
A clot in a lung or the brain is more serious. Lung clots, called pulmonary embolisms, can be deadly, and a clot in the brain can cause a stroke, Motamedi said.
Keeping Clinton in the hospital for a couple of days could allow doctors to perform more tests to determine why the clot formed, and to rule out a heart problem or other condition that may have led to it, he said.
There was a lot of speculation that Hillary was faking an injury to avoid testifying before Congress. That’s not really Hillary’s style but anything is possible I guess.
I remember when William Casey was reported to have suffered a stroke just hours before he was to testify before Congress about Iran Contra. Many people speculated that he was faking in order to avoid having to testify about what he knew. A few months later he died of a brain tumor, taking whatever secrets he had to the grave.
Sometimes it is just a coincidence.
Get well soon, Hillary!
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was hospitalized in Manhattan last night after doctors found a blood clot during an exam to follow up on a concussion she suffered earlier this month, the State Department said. The blood clot is located between her brain and skull behind the right ear.
Clinton, 65, was admitted to New York Presbyterian’s Washington Heights complex, where she will stay for at least 48 hours to be closely monitored.
Doctors will treat the former first lady with anticoagulants, said her spokesman, Philippe Reines.
“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion,” Reines said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her.