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January 1st, 2013
10:03 AM ET

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains blood clots

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the hospital with a blood clot in her head between her brain and her skull. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta breaks down Mrs. Clinton’s condition.

Simply stated, he says, “Blood goes to the brain and blood has to leave the brain. If the blood does not leave the brain, the brain will start to swell. There’s no place for the blood to go and that’s why it’s so important to make these clots go away.”

Her doctors have been very positive with the Secretary’s condition. Dr. Gupta says, “They’ve been very detailed, no stroke. This can cause a stroke, which hasn’t happened. No neurological complications as a result of this. I’ve read these statements very carefully to make sure they’re saying the things we need to be hearing.”