Clinton Releases Statement by Physician on Her Health

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Thursday, July 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton released her 2015 personal tax return on Friday, among other documents, including a July 2015 physician’s letter detailing her health.

The statement was prepared by Dr. Lisa Bardack, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in New York.

In the letter, Bardack, who has been involved “in all aspect of her healthcare” since 2001, says the former secretary of state is a “healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.”

Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid gland, which means it can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. According to the American Thyroid Association, there is no cure for hypothyroidism, but it can be controlled. It mostly affects older women, and more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime.

Clinton tested negative in a full cardiac evaluation, and in her cancer screenings, the letter said.

Past Health Issues

Clinton suffered from a deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and in 2009, and an elbow fracture, also in 2009, Bardack wrote.

In December 2012, while Clinton was secretary of state, she suffered a stomach virus after traveling. She became dehydrated, fainted and sustained a concussion.

Follow-up evaluations found that Clinton had transverse sinus venous thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot forms and prevents blood from draining out of the brain. She then began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot, Bardack wrote.

Clinton also experienced double vision after sustaining the concussion, and had to wear glasses with a Fresnel Prism. Concussion symptoms and her eyesight problems were resolved within a couple of months and she no longer had to wear the special glasses. In 2013, testing revealed that she had completely recovered from the effects of the concussion, as well as the dissolution of the thrombosis.


The presidential candidate is on medications including Armour Thyroid, Vitamin B12, and Coumadin, which is for blood clots, Bardack wrote last year. Clinton tested negative for all clotting disorders, but is taking the medication as a precaution, the letter explains. In 1998, Clinton was advised to take Lovenox, a short-acting blood thinner, which she took during long flights. She stopped taking Lovenox when she began taking Coumadin.


Overall, Clinton “participates in a healthy lifestyle,” Bardack wrote. Clinton is a non-smoker, occasionally drinks alcohol, does not use illegal drugs or tobacco products, the letter says. The Democrat maintains a healthy diet which is rich in lean protein, fruits and vegetables. She workouts regularly by doing yoga, swimming, walking and does weight training.

Family History

Clinton’s father lived until his 80s and passed away from a stroke, while her mother lived into her 90s and died from congestive heart failure. One of her two brothers had premature heart disease, and her daughter, Chelsea, and granddaughter, Charlotte, are both healthy. 

Clinton’s health check-ups, which included a normal colonoscopy, gynecologic exam, mammogram, and breast ultrasound, were up to date, the doctor said.

“She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” concluded Bardack.

A screenshot of the letter on Hillary Clinton's health, released by the Clinton campaign. (
A screenshot of the letter on Hillary Clinton’s health, released by the Clinton campaign. (
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