As the U.S. draws nearer to the next presidential election, the media has discussed every aspect of the candidate’s life, including medical history. Recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a concussion that, upon further examination, revealed a blood clot in a vein between the brain and skull.
In 1998, Ms. Clinton was hospitalized for a blood clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis, in her leg. Anyone who has had a blood clot in the past has a greater risk of recurrence. According to the Center for Disease Control, about one-third of people with Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, will experience a repeat episode within ten years. In addition to inheriting a blood-clotting disorder, other possible risk factors for developing DVT include prolonged bed rest, injury or surgery, smoking, obesity, and pregnancy, to name a few. In Ms. Clinton’s case, doctors suggested her DVT had been caused by a vigorous travel schedule. When walking, our calf muscles in our legs contract to push the blood back to our heart. Occasionally, when a person is sedentary for prolonged periods of time, like that of a cross-country flight or bus ride, blood will stagnate and can start to clot.
Following Ms. Clinton’s concussion and subsequent blood clot in 2012, she continued and increased her preventative measures by eating healthier, practicing yoga, and walking. Immediately following her clot experienced in 2012, she was prescribed an anticoagulant that dramatically reduced her risk of preventing other clots from forming such as a pulmonary embolism or stroke.. Ms. Clinton remains on a daily blood thinner and according to her personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, she is “physically fit to serve as president”.