Hillary Clinton is releasing more detailed medical records Wednesday that describe the form of pneumonia she's been diagnosed with as a mild, non-contagious bacterial infection and which include more specifics about the results of routine lab tests, such as blood cholesterol levels and her annual mammogram.
Clinton has been at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., resting since she was recorded leaving a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Sunday in New York City stumbling and being held up by her aides. After receiving a CT scan of her chest on Friday, Clinton was diagnosed with a small right middle-lobe pneumonia, according to the aide. She's being treated with the antibiotic Levaquin for 10 days.
The incident was preceded by Internet rumors fanned by conservative websites that she has broader health issues, a narrative the campaign wants to squash after Clinton spent much of August fundraising in private instead of holding public events.
Spokesman Brian Fallon says the former secretary of State has no underlying health condition. Clinton suffers from seasonal allergies that developed in to pneumonia, according to her doctor. Also expected in Wednesday's release are the results of additional lab tests as well as a normal annual mammogram. According to Clinton's physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, "the remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition."
Bardack said "She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve."
Clinton’s also come under criticism for not disclosing earlier that she was sick. Her doctor diagnosed pneumonia on Friday. In a Tuesday night appearance on CNN, Clinton said she did not share her condition earlier because she "didn't think it was going to be that big a deal" and called on the press to hold Donald Trump to the "same standard" of transparency. She said she thought she “could power through It,’ but that “didn’t work out so well.”
In July 2015, Bardack, an internist in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said Clinton is a “healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.” She concluded then that Clinton is in “excellent physical condition and fit to serve.”
Clinton's history of blood clots has been a focus. Clinton, who is now 68, had to undergo anticoagulation therapy to dissolve a blood clot and had to wear special glasses to correct double vision for nearly two months starting in late 2012. Bardack said follow-up exams in 2013 “revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion as well as total dissolution of the thrombosis.” She’s had two prior blood clots in her leg, once in 1998 and once in 2009.
Meanwhile, Trump on Wednesday discussed records from a physical he had last week during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, which is set to air Thursday, according to a summary provided by the show.
The Republican presidential nominee shared information about the exam just hours after his campaign signaled he would only talk about health matters in a very general sense. Earlier, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News the results of Trump's exam would be shared publicly "this week."
The statement from the Oz program also said Trump's physical was performed by Dr. Harold Bornstein, his personal physician, who in a letter last year proclaimed the real estate mogul would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."
At 70, Trump would be slightly older than Ronald Reagan on his election day, and Clinton will have just turned 69. In her CNN interview, Clinton noted that her disclosure is in line with what was provided by President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in 2012. Yet in 2008, Republican Sen. John McCain released more than a thousand pages of medical records to show he was cancer-free and fit to serve as president.
Trump’s report was a few paragraphs with few details
Contributing: David Jackson