Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hillary Clinton recovering

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still in a New York hospital being treated for a blood clot in her head after suffering a concussion in December.

It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage,” Dr. Lisa Bardack of Mt. Kisco Medical Group in New York and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said in a joint statement released Monday. 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a full recovery after spending a fourth day in a New York City hospital for a blood clot in her head that developed following a fall and concussion she suffered last month. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports. 
To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the secretary with blood thinners. She will be released once the medication dose has been established.

This is a standard and safe therapy for such a blood clot, according to a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Jan Stam of the University of Amsterdam said the clots are rare – affecting 3 to 4 people out of a million every year. Some doctors fear that blood thinners for a clot near the brain could be dangerous, but it’s the best way to dissolve the clot. “More than 80 percent of all patients now have a good neurologic outcome,” Stam wrote.

Meanwhile, the vultures on the right are saying it’s either a conspiracy to keep her from testifying about Benghazi or that President Obama ordered a hit on her so she would never testify (I’m not making that up but I refuse to link to the site that’s saying that because my mom taught me better than that). They’re also saying that it proves she’s too old or too frail to run for president in 2016 when she’ll be the same age as Ronald Reagan was when he ran in 1980.

I also don’t remember anyone on the right bringing up the fact that when he was nominated to be vice president in 2000, Dick Cheney had a long history of heart attacks (going back to the 1970′s), or suggesting that he resign or leave the ticket in 2004 because of continued heart problems. That’s probably because he’s a man and men are stronger and can take the rigors of politics even if you have a heart problem… just walk it off. But a woman? Pshaw!

(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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