What to know about Hillarys Health
By: Robert Roth
There have been tons of controversy surrounding the health issues of Hillary Clinton and how it would be a liability to elect her as president. Here are all the things to know regarding the history of the democratic nominee's health problems.
Hillary Clinton is a former first lady during her spouse, Bill Clinton’s, presidency from 1993-2001, an erstwhile U.S. Senator from 2001-2009, and was the prior Secretary of State from 2009-2013. Clinton now opposes Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton is nearly 69 years old with her birthday just three weeks away on October 26. She has many common illnesses for a woman in her age group.
During a rally labor day weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, Clinton coughed so many times throughout the speech it could not go unnoticed. It raises questions as to the condition of her health but her campaign reassures the public that it was merely a seasonal pollen allergy.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website, as of 2015 around 50 million people in the U.S. are affected by nasal allergies such as pollen, dust mites, mold, and animal hair.
Other common illnesses Hillary has suffered from in this past year include a sinus infection treated with antibiotics and a middle ear infection that was fixed by simply draining her ear with a tube. These are both very minor infections that more than three million people diagnosed every year.
A more serious illness that Clinton was recently diagnosed with several weeks ago is pneumonia, a mild to severe infection that causes inflammation in one or both lungs and affects over three million people a year. Pneumonia is most commonly found in children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65 that kills 50,000 a year worldwide.
Clinton is currently recovering from with antibiotics and rest Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's physician, during an interview with CNN.
Clinton also has hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, a disease that affects ten percent of all women as of April 2016. Hypothyroidism is when one's thyroid gland, found in the neck area, does not create enough hormones for your body that regulates body temperature, controls heart function, digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance while slowing the metabolism causing weight gain and fatigue.
Candidate Clinton currently treats her hypothyroidism with the medication, “Armour Thyroid,” that replaces the hormones that are not produced by the underactive thyroid gland.
In 1998, doctors told Clinton when traveling on long distance flights to take blood thinning medication called Coumadin to avoid from deep vein thrombosis blood clots forming. Deep Vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that occurs when you do not move for an extended period of time, causing a blood clot.
The most common place deep vein thrombosis blood clots occur is in the legs. A blood thinner either slows the clotting process or prevents the clot from forming at all.
The only health threat that deep vein thrombosis offers to Clinton is if the blood clot breaks free and moves through her bloodstream and becomes lodged in her pulmonary artery after entering her heart's right ventricle which would in turn stop blood from circulating through her lung that could possibly result in death in a most severe case.
As long as Clinton takes her blood thinner prescribed by her doctor as needed she should be fine.
In December of 2012, during a follow-up for diagnosed concussion weeks prior from a fainting incident caused by dehydration due to a stomach flu, doctors found a blood clot in a vein between the skull and the brain behind Hillary's right ear.
Doctors gave her blood thinners and monitored her carefully until she had recovered fully and will suffer from no neurological damage in a statement from Clinton's doctors according to CNN.
Hillary Clinton is just as healthy as the next 68 year old woman, with a history of common illnesses and mild diseases that she has made full recoveries from. If Hillary Clinton continues to periodically take her medicine and care for herself, there should be no question about her being healthy enough to lead our country.
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