US: Hillary Clinton campaign releases new health info

(CNN) Hillary Clinton’s campaign released additional medical information Wednesday after questions about her health intensified in the wake of her pneumonia diagnosis late last week.

She was diagnosed with mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia, her doctor said, a step the campaign took after the candidate had to take three days off the campaign trail after nearly collapsing at an event on Sunday.
Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal doctor and the chair of Internal Medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York, said she evaluated Clinton “at least” four times this month — including Wednesday — and found that the Democratic nominee had a small right middle-lobe pneumonia.
According to Bardack, “The remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition.”
Bardack added that Clinton “is recovering well with antibiotics,” including Levaquin, which she was told to take for 10 days.
“My overall impression is that Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus and ear infection and her recently diagnosed pneumonia,” Bardack wrote in a letter released to the media. “She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.”
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Wednesday’s disclosures were “pretty similar” to information released by her campaign last year. He noted that Clinton’s triglycerides jumped from 69 last year to 159, but he speculated that that could be ascribed to whether she ate before blood tests.
Triglycerides are a type of fat of found in blood, and as triglyceride levels increase, so does heart disease risk. Even though Clinton’s triglycerides count jumped from 69 to 159, that’s only borderline high. “Normal” levels, according to Harvard Medical School, are less than 150.
“This is certainly not a release of medical records by any means. This is very similar, in some ways, to what we got in July of last year,” Gupta said.
Bardack wrote last year that while Clinton suffered a scare in 2012 following a concussion, she was now in good health.
“Mrs. Clinton is a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies,” Bardack wrote.
The 2015 health statement says the blood clot, also known as a thrombosis, that Clinton suffered between her brain and skull following a fainting spell and concussion in late 2012 is completely resolved.
Clinton, according to the letter released Wednesday, takes the blood thinner Coumadin and thyroid medication.
Bardack also wrote on Wednesday that Clinton is “up to date” on her vaccinations and has normal mammogram and breast ultrasound.
Clinton’s blood pressure of 100/70 and she has a heart rate of 70, according to Bardack. Her lab testing, the doctor added, was “normal.”
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