Folks, brain surgery is not routine. Ever.
Further, you do not discover a blood clot in the brain during a routine physical. In fact a so-called “routine physical” in today’s world catches damn near nothing — ever — simply by design, since you usually spend less than 5 minutes with an actual physician. Granted, a Senator doesn’t get “your” physical, he probably gets an hour with an actual physician. But the point here, in addition to the vast difference between “you” and “Senators”, is that there is no instrument that a doctor has in his office that is diagnostic for a clot on the brain. Generally you find them on a CT (or similar), which is never done routinely because (1) it is relatively expensive and (2) it involves ionizing radiation exposure, which is never appropriate without a damn good reason.
A 2 centimeter “clot” is of course inadequate to describe what was found, since it only speaks to one dimension and such a thing occurs in three dimensions. Second, a clot occurs after bleeding does, which leads to the next question: What caused it?
This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-07-17.