Hillary Clinton’s health issues are drastically worse than she has revealed publicly — and the potential presidential candidate tried to keep her medical information private for fear that it would damage her bid for the White House in 2016, according to a new book.
The 66-year-old former US secretary of state has suffered more fainting spells than publicly known, is prone to have blood clots, and may be at serious risk of a stroke, according to the book, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, by Edward Klein.
The medical scare that forced Ms Clinton to be rushed to a New York hospital on December 30, 2013, revealed how serious the situation is.
“She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life,” doctors warned former President Bill Clinton before his wife was released from the hospital, according to the book.
The book claims Ms Clinton was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a fainting spell and concussion that she suffered in her seventh-floor office at the State Department — not at her home, as claimed.
Ms Clinton was initially treated at a State Department facility and was transferred to her home to recover. Bill Clinton, however, insisted Hillary be flown to New York City and be treated by specialists there, Klein claims.
During her visit to the Manhattan hospital, the presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner was diagnosed with several problems, including the clots.
Ms Clinton had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot, between her brain and skull.
“The unique thing about clotting in the brain is that it could have transformed into a stroke,” a cardiac specialist with knowledge of Ms Clinton’s condition says in the book.
The clots are especially a threat while flying, when blood pools while sitting, and she did a lot of flying while at the State Department.
In addition to a 2005 fainting spell during a speech in Buffalo, New York, Ms Clinton also fainted while boarding her plane in Yemen in 2009, which caused her to fall and fracture her elbow. [NYPost]