NEW YORK (CBSNews/CBSNewYork) — Hillary Clinton is “recovering well” from pneumonia and remains “fit to serve as President of the United States,” her doctor said in a letter released Wednesday by her campaign.
The health details made public by the Democratic presidential nominee included a description of the non-contagious bacterial pneumonia diagnosis Clinton received last Friday. Her illness became public after she left Sunday’s 9/11 memorial service early and was seen on video staggering while getting into a van.
The health episode fueled long-simmering conservative conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health and provided a fresh line of attack for rival Donald Trump, who has frequently questioned whether Clinton has the stamina to serve as commander in chief.
Facing criticism about a lack of transparency when it comes to her health, Clinton’s campaign promised to disclose more detailed information about her health this week.
The letter released Wednesday by the campaign stated that Clinton underwent a chest scan that revealed she had “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia,” according to Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York. She was treated with a 10-day course of Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat infections.
Bardack said Clinton is up to date on all vaccines, including two given to help prevent pneumonia — Prevnar and Pneumovax. The letter did not state when she received those vaccines.
“She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest,” wrote Bardack, who also authored a letter about Clinton’s health released in July 2015. “She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
Clinton, 68, has blood pressure of 100 over 70. Her total cholesterol was 189; her LDL or “bad” cholesterol was 103, and her HDL or “good” cholesterol was 56 — all within healthy levels and not signaling the need for any medications. She has also had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound, according to the letter.
She takes thyroid and allergy medicines and the blood thinner Coumadin, prescribed as a preventative after she suffered a blood clot resulting from a 2012 concussion.
The blood clot, which was in a vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear, led Clinton to spend a few days in New York-Presbyterian Hospital and take a month-long absence from the State Department for treatment.
Clinton has spent the past three days out of the public eye, recuperating at her suburban New York home. She’ll return to the campaign trail Thursday, with a rally in North Carolina and a speech before a Hispanic group in Washington.
“I just talked to her — she’s feeling great and I think she’ll be back out there tomorrow,” former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday, when he stepped in for his wife at a previous scheduled campaign event in Las Vegas. “It’s a crazy time we live in, you know, when people think there’s something unusual about getting the flu. Last time I checked, millions of people got it every year.”
The former president is campaigning for his wife in Nevada where a new Monmouth University poll shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is now up by two points over Clinton in the state.
Both candidates are the subject of leaked emails hacked from former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Gmail account. Powell criticized Clinton for trying to drag him into her email scandal.
“Sad thing is that HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it,” one email read about Clinton’s private server.
In one email, Powell called Trump “a national disgrace and an international pariah.” He also slammed Trump’s outreach to black voters, saying 95 percent of blacks voting for him is “schizo fantasy.”
Trump also shared the results of his physical exam with Dr. Mehmet Oz on “The Dr. Oz Show,” in an episode that will air Thursday, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.
“It’s two letters. One is the report and one is from Lenox Hill Hospital. Those are a report on all the tests that were done last week,” Trump told Dr. Oz.
According to a release from the show, Trump’s exam was performed by Dr. Harold Bornstein, M.D. of Lenox Hill Hospital.
Over the course of the hour-long show, the release said that Oz took Trump “through a full review of systems” — including the nervous system, head and neck, hormone levels, his cardiovascular and respiratory health, among others.
Bornstein has been Trump’s personal physician since 1980. In December, Bornstein wrote a memo announcing that the 69-year-old Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” an assessment that was questioned soon after he made it, given the high fitness levels of presidents like Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Teddy Roosevelt, all of whom were much younger than Trump when they were elected.
At the time, Bornstein said that Trump had “suffered no form of cancer, has never had a hip, knee or shoulder replacement or any other orthopedic surgery” and added Trump has “no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products.”
Oz said his interpretation of Bornstein’s letter is that Trump has no health problems.
Ivanka Trump then joined her father to speak further about the childcare and maternity leave initiative that the Trump campaign announced Tuesday night.
Trump is campaigning in Flint, Michigan, a city still reeling from lead contaminated drinking water.
“I just really want to thank the folks from Flint and some very, very good executives. I really appreciate it,” Trump said.
New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he’s investigating Trump’s foundation, including a donation it gave to the Florida attorney general. Trump called Schneiderman a partisan hack and the investigation a left-wing hit job.