Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her doctor said Sunday, hours after the Democratic nominee exited a 9/11 commemoration ceremony early, and was seen stumbling on her way out.
Clinton was seen on video with her knees buckling after leaving the memorial early. The incident has fueled further scrutiny of Clinton’s health. Before the 9/11 incident, there were several conservative theories surrounding concerns Clinton’s health.
Here’s more on Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack and previous statements she has given on Clinton’s health.
1. Bardack Diagnosed Clinton With Pneumonia
Clinton, 68, was diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia Dr. Lisa Bardack said in a statement. The former secretary of state “was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule,” according to the statement.
“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” said Bardack.
Bardack attended to Clinton at her Chappaqua home Sunday, according to several news outlets. The pneumonia diagnosis comes after a widely reported “coughing fit” days earlier, which her aides had blamed on allergies.
“On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Bardack explained.
2. She Is the Chairman of Internal Medicine at CareMount Medical
Bardack is the chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical, a physician group of more than 500 doctors in the Hudson Valley, according to its website.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Bardack went on to earn her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Bardack was listed among the “Best Doctors in America” from 2011 to 2016, according to CareMount Medical’s website.
She is board-certified in internal medicine.
3. Bardack Refuted Fake Medical Records That Circulated in August
In August, fake medical records about Hillary Clinton’s health circulated the internet, claiming that she suffered from seizures and memory loss.
Bardack’s name appeared atop the alleged “leaked” documents. The physician released a statement to FactCheck.org calling the documents “false,” and stated that Clinton is “in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States.”
In a statement to FactCheck.org, Bardack said: “I have recently been made aware of allegedly ‘leaked’ medical documents regarding Secretary Clinton with my name on them. These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts.”
4. In 2015, She Released a Healthcare Statement on Clinton
Bardack, who has served as Clinton’s personal physician since 2001, released a two-page healthcare statement on Clinton’s health on March 21, 2015. She listed her current medications, recent physical examination and treatment history. Bardack stated that Clinton “is in excellent physical condition.”
Bardack’s letter said that Clinton “is a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies.”
In summary the physician concluded:
She participates in a healthy lifestyle and has had a full medical evaluation, which reveals no evidence of additional medical issues or cardiovascular disease. her cancer screening evaluations are all negative. She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States.
5. Bardack Said the Effects of Clinton’s Concussion Were Resolved
In the healthcare statement, Bardack described Clinton’s history of treatment for a brain concussion, and blood clots affecting her legs and brain on separate occasions.
Clinton experienced blood clots in 1998, 2009 and 2012. Bardack wrote Clinton takes the anticoagulant drug Coumadin to help prevent new blood clots.
Bardack addressed the concussion Clinton suffered in 2012. The concussion was a result of Clinton fainting and striking her head. Bardack’s letter said Clinton experienced a stomach virus and became dehydrated, which caused her to faint.
Bardack’s statement read:
During follow up evaluations, Mrs. Clinton was found to have a transverse sinus venous thrombosis and began anticoagulation therapy to dissolve the clot. As a result of the concussion, Mrs. Clinton also experienced double vision for a period of time and benefited from wearing glasses with a Fresnel Prism.
The physician also said Clinton’s symptoms went away within two months.
However, the New York Times reported that former President Bill Clinton told a reporter that his wife’s concussion “required six months of very serious work to get over” and that she had “never lowballed” the severity of her head injury.
Here is Bardack’s full letter: