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US Rep. Lauren Boebert hospitalized for blood clot, undergoes surgery

Katie Langford, The Denver Post on

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert underwent surgery for a blood clot after being admitted to a Loveland hospital with severe leg swelling Monday afternoon, campaign officials announced Tuesday night.

Boebert, 37, was admitted to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland with severe swelling in her upper left leg Monday afternoon, campaign officials said in a statement on Facebook.

Doctors found an acute blood clot on a CT scan and diagnosed Boebert with May-Thurner Syndrome, a condition that occurs when the right iliac artery presses on the left iliac vein, interrupting blood flow through the legs, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Boebert underwent surgery Tuesday morning and doctors successfully removed the clot and inserted a stent, campaign officials said.

Boebert is expected to make a full recovery with “no significant concerns for her long-term health and no hindrance to her ability to perform her duties as a Congresswoman,” campaign officials said on Facebook.

Boebert, a Republican from Silt who represents the 3rd Congressional District, recently moved to Windsor and announced she would seek election in the 4th Congressional District.

 

The exact cause of May-Thurner Syndrome is unknown, but dehydration, travel and extended periods of sitting could be factors, campaign officials said Tuesday night.

Patients who undergo the procedure to restore blood flow “are able to live and work just as they have in the past after a brief recovery,” UCHealth Dr. Rebecca Bade said in a statement posted by Boebert’s campaign.

In a statement, Boebert thanked Bade and the UCHealth team.

“I’m looking forward to making a full recovery and getting back to Congress to continue fighting for Colorado,” Boebert said.

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