BILL Clinton’s hospitalization this week with a reported sepsis infection comes after several life-threatening medical issues and a history of health issues.
The former president, 75, was admitted to hospital in Orange, Calif. On Tuesday with an “infection,” his spokesperson said.
Hillary Clinton was seen visiting the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Thursday evening after attending a foundation event.
Doctors say the former president is “on the mend” and in good spirits.
“Clinton was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered antibiotics and fluids intravenously,” according to a joint statement released by Dr Alpesh Amin, director of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr Lisa Bardack, the former president’s personal senior physician. .
“He remains in the hospital for continued monitoring.”
Clinton could be released as early as Friday, they added.
However, this is not the first time that the 42nd President has faced a serious medical problem.
Clinton had struggled with weight fluctuations and high cholesterol during his presidency and his love of French fries while in the Oval Office even became the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit.
According to NPR, Hillary has asked White House chefs to serve salads instead of fancy French dishes in a bid to improve the situation.
She enlisted the help of physician Dean Ornish, who still works with the ex-president.
Clinton was also renowned for his ability to eat burgers and fries during the election campaign.
And while he was governor of Arkansas, he reportedly incorporated a McDonald’s stop into his morning run.
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In 2004, three years after leaving the White House, Clinton underwent a four-hour quadruple bypass surgery on the Columbia campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Doctors discovered during the operation that in some places 90% of his arteries were blocked.
Then 58, he returned home after four days of hospital admission, complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath, Politico reported.
It appeared he had been experiencing the symptoms for a few months, but blamed it on changes in his exercise routine due to the presidential campaign and acid reflux.
The team of surgeons removed two arteries from her chest and one vein from her leg and attached them to the arteries serving the heart to deflect any blockages.
At the time, Clinton also blamed genetics, saying her mother’s family had a history of heart disease.
He admitted that he “may have done some damage in the years that I was too careless of what I ate.”
The Democrat returned for surgery to remove fluid and scar tissue from his left chest cavity six months later.
He was back at the same hospital in 2010 to have two stents implanted in his coronary artery.
Clinton then began a vegan diet to try and reduce the fat from fast foods.
He revealed in 2011 that he had given up meat, dairy and eggs because of the risk posed by his family’s history of heart disease.
According to NPR, he said at the time that he had lost 20 pounds and felt healthier than ever.
“I basically concluded that I had played Russian roulette,” he said, saying the need to have the stent in his artery had forced him to make a drastic change.
The diet change also came after his daughter Chelsea allegedly told him he needed to lose weight to walk her down the aisle in 2010.
Chelsea told her father he was “out of shape,” The New York Daily News reported.
She added that he had to “look good” to betray her.
“I said, ‘Well, what’s your definition? And she said, ‘Oh, about 15 pounds,’ “Clinton admitted.
Experts said Clinton’s previous conditions are not a major concern as he has recovered from it.
Fox News contributor Dr Marc Seigel and clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center told the network that a major infection could put more strain on the heart, however.
The former president fell ill on Tuesday while in southern California for an event related to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton reportedly developed a urinary tract infection that turned into urosepsis – a type of sepsis.
However, the 42nd president is “mobile” and was joking with hospital staff on Thursday.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count tends to drop and he responds well to antibiotics,” according to the doctors.
They added: “We hope he will return home soon.”
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