Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; Clinton Health Alarm: Just False Conservative Websites Claim She Has Seizures, Blackouts, Memory Loss

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FACT CHECK; Clinton Health Alarm: Just False Conservative Websites Claim She Has Seizures, Blackouts, Memory Loss

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Byline: Carole Fader

Times-Union readers want to know:

I read on the internet that Hillary Clinton's medical records show that she has seizures and dementia even though the media has reported that her doctors gave her a clean bill of health. Which is true?

Those "records" on some conservative websites are fake, FactCheck.org reports.

Lisa Bardack, Clinton's longtime physician - whose name appears atop the alleged "leaked" documents - released a statement to FactCheck.org calling the documents "false," and reiterating her diagnosis that Clinton is "in excellent health and fit to serve as president of the United States."

In December 2012, Clinton was diagnosed with a concussion, which caused double vision for nearly two months. But Bardack - director of internal medicine, Mount Sinai Health System at CareMount Medical - said that follow-up medical exams in 2013 "revealed complete resolution of the effects of the concussion."

The fake documents, dated Feb. 5, 2014, which appear to have originated from the since-deleted Twitter account titled @HillsMedRecords, purport to come from Bardack. But if they came from her, you'd think she'd have her title correct. But it's wrong on the letterhead, FactCheck.org points out. And Snopes.com asked doctors to review the "leaked" records to determine whether they contained obvious signs of fabrication visible to physicians (but not necessarily laymen), and they unanimously agreed the documents appear to be forgeries.

The records indicate that Clinton suffered complications from the concussion, including "blacking out," "uncontrollable twitching" and "memory loss." It says Clinton has previously been diagnosed as having "Complex Partial Seizures" and "early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia." The images were shared and discussed on numerous websites and in social media. But again, this is a fake document.

The Twitter user later posted what was supposed to be an angiogram of Clinton's brain showing a significant "abnormality" in the brain tissue. This is also a bogus image.

The Clinton campaign gave a statement to FactCheck.org in which Bardack said the documents are absolutely not true: "...These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts. To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States."

Bardack, who has been Clinton's personal physician since 2001, publicly released a summary of Clinton's health history and a medical evaluation in a letter dated July 28, 2015. That letter says that Clinton "is a healthy 67-year-old female whose current medical conditions include hypothyroidism [underactive thyroid] and seasonal pollen allergies."

The letter does discuss Clinton's concussion - well-documented in the media at the time - and some of the lingering effects from it. The New York Times reported in December 2012 that Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting and striking her head. …

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