Hillary Clinton Released From Hospital, Full Recovery Expected

Good news. Hillary Clinton has been discharged from the hospital. A full recovery is expected.

Secretary Clinton was discharged from the hospital this evening. Her medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery," Philippe Reines, a deputy assistant secretary of state, said in a statement.

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    they missed Mike Barnicle (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by TeresaInPa on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:28:43 PM EST
    a guy who never misses a chance to say something toxic about Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary is 2012's Most Admired Woman according (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by Angel on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:50:41 AM EST
    to Gallup's poll.  

    "Hillary Clinton tops Gallup's list of "most admired" women for the eleventh time in a row and 17th time overall. Over the past two decades the only other women to best her in the annual survey were Mother Teresa (twice: 1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (once: 2001). In 2009, Sarah Palin came close to joining that list, falling one percentage point short of Clinton's 16 percent. Three years later Palin is still on the list, but with only 2 percent of the mentions."

    I'd bet she would win (none / 0) (#27)
    by TeresaInPa on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:11:35 PM EST
    a most admired person poll too. I am not really sure I see either Obama or Bill beating her at the moment.

    Get well Hillary and (none / 0) (#2)
    by fishcamp on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:58:00 AM EST

    So happy Hillary is doing well... and.. also... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Cashmere on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:19:22 AM EST
    Goooooooooooooooooo  Ducks !

    Was Bill mentioned being with her in anyone's (none / 0) (#3)
    by mogal on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:56:57 AM EST
    coverage of her illness?

    Yes--both former Pres. Clinton & Chelsea were (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by christinep on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:00:01 AM EST
    Yes, thank you, just found it from the HILL (none / 0) (#5)
    by mogal on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:02:24 AM EST
    "She was seen leaving the building with former President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea."  Everything I read made her seem so alone.

    Both also had visited her (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Towanda on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:36:57 AM EST
    and some source I saw reported, with photos, that Chelsea was quite upset after one of the visits.  So I am glad that her mother improved sufficiently to go home -- but, from experience in our family, there may be a long and worrisome time ahead of watching for problems from the meds, the blood thinners.

    Yes, this line about a "full recovery" (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by inclusiveheart on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 11:47:43 AM EST
    is a bit rosy based on my family's experience with a blood clot in the brain.

    I am assuming that Hillary (none / 0) (#10)
    by MKS on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:14:16 PM EST
    will get past this just fine.

    Going forward, she should not push herself as hard, take her foot off the gas a little.   She fainted when she became dehydrated. When you have the flu, take care of yourself.....  


    Yes, based on what is (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:06:25 PM EST
    known, Secretary Clinton's prognosis is excellent.  That is not to say that she will not continue to require treatment and some good rest.   Actually, the clot (cerebral venous thrombosis) is not in the brain, but in a large vein that goes around the inner wall of the skull--described as at the right transverse sinus, a space that carries blood back to the heart (a matching sinus is on the left side which can take over functions of the right when needed).  

    There are several predisposing factors that seem applicable--severe dehydration and/ or head trauma.   The dehydration can cause a thickening of blood that may result in a clot.  Mrs. Clinton also has a history of a blood clot in the leg (1998) which was treated for several months with anti-coagulants.  

    This history is an additional predisposing or risk factor.  Whether the clot caused the fall, or the fall caused the clot does not effect  the treatment plan.  Cerebral venous thrombosis responds very well to heparin  (usually I.V.--  it is not absorbed from the gut) followed by the oral anticoagulant, warfarin (coumadin).  Treatment will continue in accord with imaging results.

    It may be that anticoagulant therapy will need to be considered for an indefinite duration.  Such therapy requires some diet restrictions as well as frequent (at least at first) blood tests to assure the proper dosage.  As with any drug, there are possible side effects, but coumadin is well-established, the most serious  side effect is bleeding for which there is an antidote. The site of the bleed is important, of course.   Since Mrs. Clinton has been on anticoagulant therapy previously, she should be able to manage her treatment very well.


    Although another scenario (none / 0) (#12)
    by Towanda on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:00:03 PM EST
    that I read, from a neurologist, is the reverse:  That the clot could have preceded and caused the fall (meaning that the dehydration was meaningless in this scenario, although certainly a concern).

    We simply do not know but can only hope that all is well and will be well -- as I so look forward to what HRC will do next.  (And I don't mean run for president, so she need never see Iowa again. . . .)


    it's not in her brain (none / 0) (#15)
    by TeresaInPa on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:32:00 PM EST
    the clot is in the blood vessel which drains the blood from her brain.

    I think a better question would be (5.00 / 6) (#17)
    by nycstray on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:38:46 AM EST
    (addressed to you)

    "What's your agenda here?"


    Even when presented with facts (5.00 / 3) (#18)
    by sj on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:29:57 AM EST
    the crazy doesn't stop, does it?

    I guess you forgot about (5.00 / 6) (#19)
    by Anne on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:51:16 AM EST
    Ronald Reagan and his Alzheimer's...seems like that was a pretty serious thing, but that's just my opinion.

    ::rolling eyes::


    Yes, and the (5.00 / 3) (#24)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:50:39 AM EST
    cover-up of the seriousness of the assassination attempt on Reagan and the long and difficult recovery period.  A case for the 25th Amendment should have been made.

    HRC will be roughly the same age (none / 0) (#29)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:03:32 AM EST
    in 2016 as Raygun was when he ran in 1980.

    True, but I am not (none / 0) (#31)
    by MKS on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:39:41 PM EST
    all that thrilled with the comparison.

    Reagan was seriously non compos poopus mentis.


    Get a life, creep. (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by Angel on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:56:57 AM EST
    Sure hope you buy your (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:00:52 AM EST
    tin foil in bulk quantities. Does your foil hat have little antennas?

    RobietheCat (none / 0) (#28)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:10:07 PM EST
    good name...bad ideas...bad cat.

    This response is not directly (5.00 / 4) (#23)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:48:04 AM EST
    to the commenter, but to the record:   The coverage has been straight forward, starting with the reporting of fainting and sustaining a head injury, probably a concussion-- caused by dehydration from a viral flu.  Subsequent testing and clinical work-ups brought more information to the fore  

     Some effects of concussion are often delayed--the follow-up imaging uncovered the cerebral venous thrombosis.  requiring hospitalization and appropriate treatment.  Of course, there are potentially serious complications from a clot, and these, too, were described in various reports (e.g. back-ups with subdural or intra-cerebral hemorrhage)  

    There was no indication of any more serious complications and the Secretary was discharged with continued home care and anticoagulant treatment (note: if a subdural hematoma, anticoagulants would be contraindicated).  And, yes, the condition is ,generally, uncommon in  women of Mrs. Clinton's age, but there are predisposing factors at play.

     Most importantly, the Secretary is on the road to full recovery in keeping with a prognosis that is excellent.


    isn't it a little early for primary (5.00 / 2) (#26)
    by TeresaInPa on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:07:02 PM EST
    astro turf? or are you General election astro turf?

    How could I have missed this? (none / 0) (#30)
    by MKS on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 11:32:16 PM EST
    What a funny tidbit of idiocy......

    Any news of get well cards (and apologies) ... (none / 0) (#9)
    by RonK Seattle on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:04:38 PM EST
    ... from Krauthammer, et al?

    Hahahahaha! (none / 0) (#11)
    by Zorba on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 02:56:34 PM EST
    Somehow, I haven't heard of such.

    Good news. (none / 0) (#22)
    by lilburro on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:37:31 AM EST
    I was a little bit worried about her.  Don't like to see her down!