Hillary Clinton’s campaign plans to release more information throughout the day about the candidate’s health. | AP Photo
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday released more information about her health that depicted her as a healthy 68-year-old woman with low cholesterol (without taking a statin) and seasonal allergies. She also takes a thyroid medication, and as the campaign has previously disclosed, she takes a blood thinner, Coumadin.
A letter from her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack — released in a move designed to reassure voters just days after she was diagnosed with pneumonia — declares that Clinton “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
The letter from Bardack describes how the Democratic nominee received a non-contrast chest CT scan on Friday, said a Clinton campaign official. The scan revealed a small right middle-lobe pneumonia, which was non-contagious and bacterial. She was treated with Levaquin, and instructed to stay on it for 10 days, the campaign said. Clinton was up to date on her pneumonia vaccines — but they don’t prevent all infections.
Bardack’s letter also reveals that Clinton was treated for symptoms of sinusitis and an ear infection in January. She had a tube placed in her left ear that month, which eased her symptoms, wrote Bardack.
The additional disclosure comes just days after Clinton overheated and became dehydrated at Sunday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York, which led to the campaign’s eventual announcement that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. She then scrapped a West Coast fundraising and campaign trip for this week so she could rest, sending former president Bill Clinton in her stead.
Clinton had for months been battling rumors circulated by Donald Trump supporters about the status of her health, many of which were fanned by Trump himself claiming she didn’t have the “stamina” to serve as president.
The rumors of her ill health escalated enough by late summer that her campaign put out a letter from Bardack renewing her proclamation of Clinton’s health.
And as the campaign released Clinton’s information on Wednesday, it sought to turn the tables on Trump: a pop-up message on the campaign’s landing page for the medical information declared, “It’s outrageous that Donald Trump hasn’t met basic transparency standards with his medical records and tax returns.”
In the wake of Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis disclosure — which punctuated a weekend in which a widely-circulated video showed her struggling to stay up straight and being helped into her van on Sunday morning — Trump pledged to release some version of his own health records, eventually filming a segment on the Dr. Oz show on Wednesday to reveal details of his health.
There, according to audience members who saw the taping of the show that’s scheduled to air on Thursday, the Republican nominee said he wanted to lose 15 to 20 pounds. (Conflicting reports had his weight at 236 or 267 pounds, which would make him at least overweight, possibly obese, according to BMI standards.) Yet his campaign has not said how or exactly when he plans to release more of his medical history.
Clinton’s campaign also released the medical information of her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
Joanne Kenen and Sarah Karlin-Smith contributed to this report.