World's most admired woman Hillary Clinton hospitalized for brain blood clot

World's most admired woman Hillary Clinton hospitalized for brain blood clot

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM PST
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Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot from fall

Doctors were closely watching Hillary Clinton after discovering a brain clot in her brain, Reuters reported.

"US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a blood clot in a vein between her brain and her skull, her doctors said Monday, predicting however she should make a full recovery," said Reuters. The family said the concussion had not resulted in a stroke.

Ironically, the announcement came shortly after it was disclosed Clinton had been selected the most admired world in the world for the 11th straight year.

She was hospitalized in New York City on Sunday for a blood clot suffered when she fainted and fell at her home in Washington D.C. two weeks ago, striking her head and suffering a concussion.

Gallup released a poll saying she had been named the most admired woman again.

Her office announced: "In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours.

Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required."

Dr. David Langer, a brain surgeon and associate professor at Hofstra-North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, said “prompt treatment usually dissolves the clots, but ... untreated clots in the head can become more worrisome and even lead to a hemorrhage inside the brain,” the New York Times reported.

He said blood-thinning drugs may be needed for weeks or months, though he emphasized he was not involved in Clinton’s care. She suffered a blood clot in the right leg in 1998.

Clinton, 65, had already announced her intention to retire. She has traveled to more than 100 countries, the most of any secretary of state. This included more than 400 travel days and almost 1 million miles. It was a grueling scheduled, and exhaustion was said to have caused her to postpone a recent trip. She suffered from a stomach virus earlier this month, then fainted from dehydration causing her concussion.

The condition could speed up plans to win Senate approval for Sen. John Kerry to replace her.

The Times reported Clinton became ill and dehydrated earlier in December. Her injury resulted in her missing a Congressional hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack. Some Republicans and right-wing TV talking heads said the head injury may have been meant to help her avoid testifying. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, a Republican who has a show on Fox, called this a "diplomatic illness."

An investigative panel criticized the state department for 29 security lapses that it said resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Clinton accepted the review and said she would take responsibility. At least four high-ranking State Department employees resigned.


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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday when a blood clot was discovered that resulted from the concussion she suffered when she fell at home.
Robert Weller is based in Denver, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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