Police Supt. Johnson In Hospital For Blood Clot Treatment

Steve Miller
June 14, 2019 - 6:46 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is in the hospital being treated for a blood clot in one of his lungs.

It has been almost two years since Sup. Johnson received a kidney from his son. 

Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Johnson was at the hospital for a "follow-up physical and stress test," when when they found a small blood clot in one lung. He added Johnson did not have discomfort.

"No pain or any discomfort was reported," Guglielmi said. "He was at work yesterday (and) worked a pretty long day as he always does, and went in this morning. (He) was actually planning to march with Father Pfleger this evening on the South Side, but he'll be staying in the hospital tonight and they'll be taking great care of him."

He said Johnson is "already taking medication for the blood clot."

"He's already contacted members of his command staff about the Friday deployment for the weekend and he's just as engaged as if he were sitting in his office," the spokesman said.

Guglielmi said Johnson will be in the hospital Friday night at least. 

"We'll update if he has to stay longer," he said but at this point, Johnson is expecting to stay only one night for observation.

Guglielmi added that Mayor Lightfoot called Johnson to express her well-wishes.

Following the news, WBBM Newsradio's Steve Miller talked with a physician about blood clots - or pulmonary embolisms.

Dr. Christine Argento, a pulmonologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is not familiar with Johnson's case, but she does know about blood clots and what can cause them.

"When they're small, most people are really asymptomatic," said Dr. Argento.

"And they would probably be found, just like his was, on some form of exam that's done for some other reason."

She said blood clots in a lung typically start in the legs and then move up to the lung.

"They tend to cause things like shortness of breath, some chest pain. They can cause tachycardia, or an increase in your heart rate," Dr. Argento said.

Dr. Argento said being a kidney recipient is not necessarily a risk factor for a blood clot.

"We think about it a lot in terms of immobility.  So if you're not terribly active - if you're sitting a lot, you're more prone to blood clots.  If you are on a long plane ride or a long car ride, for example, where you're not up and walking," she said.

She said the treatment for a blood clot is usually a blood thinner.