Monday, December 31, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hasn’t been seen in public since early December, was admitted to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital for a blood clot.
Clinton, who is known for her grueling travel schedule, flying as many as 400,000 air miles a year as secretary of state, was appointed by President Obama in January 2009.
She is the most traveled secretary of state in history, having visited 112 countries while in the job, according to the Associated Press.
Flying this much certainly puts her at risk for a DVT, or a Deep Vein Thrombosis. A potentially life-threatening condition that requires a doctor’s close monitoring as well as blood thinners to prevent the clot from moving to the heart or brain.
Her spokesman, Philippe Reines said:
“She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours. They will determine if any further action is required.”
I’m sure I speak for all Americans in wishing Mrs. Clinton a quick and complete recovery.