18 Years of Hillary's Medical Problems in One Convenient List
This weekend, Hillary Clinton had a very public stumble, and even the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza admitted her health had become a major campaign issue (one week after dismissing the issue out of hand). The video of her fainting after the 9/11 memorial ceremony went viral, but even that video is one in a long list of public struggles Clinton has had with her health.
To be fair, anyone at age 68 (69 in October) would likely have some kind of ongoing chronic medical condition, and Donald Trump likely has at least one of his own. That being said, the list of Clinton's health maladies is long and publicly documented. It involves a number of recurring themes, especially blood clots and coughing fits. Many of her maladies are likely time-limited, and there is no guarantee that she still suffers from her 2012 concussion, for example.
Here is the list of public health struggles Clinton has had, in chronological order, since 1998. Ultimately, the voters must decide whether or not these threaten her suitability for the presidency.
1. A "potentially fatal" blood clot in 1998.
In October 2007, then-Senator Hillary Clinton told the New York Daily News about a "potentially fatal scare in 1998." While she was campaigning for Chuck Schumer in New York, her right foot started swelling and causing her pain. At Bethesda Naval Hospital, doctors diagnosed a large blood clot behind her right knee.
"That was scary because you have to treat it immediately — you don't want to take the risk that it will break lose and travel to your brain, or your heart or your lungs," Clinton told the Daily News. "That was the most significant health scare I've ever had."
She stopped taking blood thinners after that clot, and otherwise had good health since, the paper reported. Clinton has been back on blood thinners following later blood clots.
2. February 1, 2005: Clinton faints during campaign speech.
At a campaign event in upstate New York, Clinton reportedly fainted during her own remarks. "She told the crowd she was queasy," Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan told CNN. She told the crowd she felt warm, then left the room.
"Upon her return, at about 12:15 p.m., the senator fainted as her staff placed the microphone in front of her," Lenihan recalled. Secret Service agents then surrounded the former first lady, and four people broke her fall.
"She has had a GI virus — an acute gastrointestinal illness — and she has been sick for at least a day and she needed some fluids; she needed to sit down and relax," Dr. Stephanie Pincus, a New York doctor and professor at the University of Buffalo, told CNN.
Interestingly, Clinton did not go to a hospital, and no ambulance was called, according to reports. "She received immediate medical attention at the site and is now proceeding with her schedule as planned," Philippe Reines, Clinton's press secretary at the time, told CNN. Clinton avoiding hospitals — for whatever reason — has been a theme of her health episodes for years.
Next Page: An elbow fracture, a second blood clot, and a public stumble.