Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is suffering from a potentially dangerous blood clot as a result of her fall earlier this month. It’s likely located near where she struck her head, although doctors have yet to specify where the clot has lodged.
Doctors, who discovered the clot today (Dec. 30) during a routine follow-up exam, admitted Clinton, 65, to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where they treated her with anti-coagulants, according to her spokesman Philippe Reines.
“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion,” Reines added in a statement. “They will determine if any further action is required.”
The fact that she remains hospitalized under observation suggests the clot is potentially threatening. Clinton suffered the concussion two weeks ago while recovering from a stomach virus at home. She fainted and struck her head after becoming severely dehydrated. She was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 13.
Some conservative commentators suggested Clinton was faking the seriousness of her illness to avoid testifying, but the existence of a blood clot, which may have caused dizziness and headaches depending on its location. strongly suggests otherwise.
As many as 3.8 million people suffer concussions each year in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Blood clots can cause strokes or heart failure depending on their severity.