The political realm received a shock this week with the news that former President Bill Clinton had been hospitalized.
According to the Washington Examiner, he was receiving treatment for a urinary tract infection that resulted in sepsis.
“Responding to antibiotics well”
The former president was apparently hospitalized on Tuesday after a recent event in California for his foundation. At that time, he reportedly felt fatigued and consulted with staff and doctors before heading to the hospital.
Clinton underwent testing at the University of California-Irvine Medical Center and was placed in the intensive care unit, though staff indicated this was largely done in an effort to afford the high-profile patient some privacy.
An aide issued a statement clarifying that it was a “non-COVID-related infection.”
Angel Urena’s statement went on to describe Clinton as “on the mend, in good spirits” and appreciative for the care he received while at the hospital.
Clinton’s doctors, Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, released a statement of their own, stating in part that following “two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well” and that he was expected to be discharged soon.
“We also need to monitor the heart”
The former president has previously experienced heart problems — and the doctors’ statement noted that they were in communication with his cardiologists.
In 2004, Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He has since had two stents placed in his artery.
Now 75, he has reportedly lost weight by adopting a healthier lifestyle and largely vegan diet following his health issues. As for his latest stay in the hospital, it appears to be related only to the infection and not his heart.
Nevertheless, Dr. Imran Ali of Mt. Sinai Health warned: “I’ve treated patients who have had heart disease and sepsis and we’re concerned about a decrease in blood pressure, and we also need to monitor the heart because the heart can be infected by the infection as well.”
He continued to maintain a fairly public profile, hitting the campaign trail in 2016 for his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and appearing at various events associated with the Clinton Foundation. While in California for such a foundation event, he had also been scheduled to be a moderator for an economic panel discussion on the day he was hospitalized.