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Hillary's on Stroke Medication: Is She at Risk?

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Does Hillary have hidden health issues? Has she, perhaps, already sustained a stroke?

There are a number of indications that Hillary Clinton may have had a stroke, and if she has, then that should be a public consideration in her race for a nomination, along with any other health issues.

The biggest tip-off is that Hillary is taking the blood-thinning medication Coumadin (generic name: warfarin) which is typically prescribed for patients who have had strokes. Hillary is reportedly taking it to avoid or reduce blood clots.

Our family, which includes a medical doctor, researched Coumadin, as we had considered it for my elderly father who had had one major stroke and many smaller ones. We decided against it because of the side effects. And in Dad's case, since he was 90, we weren't even considering long-range effects.

Warfarin was initially developed as rat poison. It kills rodents by thinning their blood, causing them bleed to death internally. After it was developed as a poison, someone got the bright idea that in monitored doses, it would work as an anti-coagulant or blood thinner.

So the difference between the therapeutic use and the lethal use of warfarin is simply the size of the dose. Patients taking the drug must be carefully monitored.

California physician Dr. David K. Cundiff says he "believes Hillary Clinton's use of the drug could be more life-threatening to her than the possibility of a recurring blood clot." But could the reason for taking it be something other than recurring blood clots?

We know that Hillary fell and, we were told, sustained a concussion in December of 2012, just a few days before she was scheduled to testify at the Benghazi hearings. Could that incident have been caused by a stroke?

She was apparently not conscious as she fell. A conscious person will instinctively break the fall with her hands, as well as position the head in order to protect it, and therefore is less likely to sustain a concussion. Of course, the explanation we were given was that Hillary had fainted, allegedly, due to dehydration from a virus. But surely any doctor who was treating her for the virus would have taken precautions to make sure she didn't get critically dehydrated, especially during the few days before a major, stressful event such as testifying. I've mothered children who have been sick, and keeping the patient hydrated is pretty basic--a doctor wouldn't forget to tell the patient about that. So it seems quite odd that she would faint from dehydration.

Is it possible that she didn't faint, but that a stroke caused her to fall? That would be consistant with the fact that she was found to have a blood clot, and also with the fact that Coumadin was prescribed.

The timing of her fall is telling, also. Surely just a couple of days before being scheduled to testify, Hillary would have been under a great deal of additional stress, which, of course, can precipitate a stroke.

A couple of weeks after her fall, it was released that "During the course of her treatment for the concussion, Clinton was also found to have a blood clot and was given medication to dissolve it." This statement seems to try to separate the blood clot from the fall and the reason behind it, portraying them as separate and unrelated medical conditions. But blood clots can be an indication of a stroke, and a stroke can be associated with a fall, so many times these are quite interrelated.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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