'Healthy and Fit' Clinton Releases Letter From Doctor

Experts say it shows normal vitals and a well candidate
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2016 5:36 PM CDT
In a letter released Wednesday, Hillary Clinton's doctor says she's "healthy and fit to serve as president."   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – While Donald Trump did his Dr. Oz thing, Hillary Clinton's doctor released a letter hoping to clear up this whole pneumonia brouhaha. CBS News reports Dr. Lisa Bardack diagnosed Clinton with pneumonia last Friday. Two days later, Clinton was seen stumbling while leaving a Sept. 11 memorial, kicking off speculation about her health and leading her campaign to make the pneumonia diagnosis public. In her letter released Wednesday, Bardack says a CT scan showed Clinton had "mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia" for which she is taking antibiotics, according to the Washington Post. CBS' chief medical correspondent says he's "reassured" by the letter, which answered "a bunch of the questions that I had."

The letter also includes a whole host of health information on Clinton, including her blood pressure of 100/70, heart rate of 70, and temperature of 97.8, NBC News reports. Experts reviewing the letter for the Post say it shows normal vitals, including cholesterol and that Clinton appears to be "at low risk for illness for a woman her age." In the letter, Bardack writes she is happy with Clinton's recovery and that Clinton continues to be "healthy and fit to serve as president." (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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