Nick Cannon Reveals He Was Hospitalized For Blood Clots In His Lungs
First Published: February 16, 2012 9:58 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Nick Cannon’s health troubles aren’t over.
Less than two months after being hospitalized for kidney issues around the holidays, Nick revealed he was just released from the hospital for blood clots in his lungs.
“I have been in the hospital since Friday, and actually, it’s quite serious. I didn’t even know,” Nick said on 92.3 FM earlier this week. “I was actually trying to downplay it a lot — even in my own mind — [and] not go to the hospital because I was having a lot of pain in my back and I thought it was the typical kidney pain that I had been experiencing, but I thought it had been a little bit heightened.”
Nick eventually check into a hospital, where he found out he had “two blood clots in my lungs,” he said on the station.
“And because of the blood clots in my lungs, I also had an enlarged ventricle… in my heart,” he added.
The “America’s Got Talent” judge said his kidney situation is better these days, but his lowered immune system, and his travelling may have contributed to the blood clot situation.
“My antibodies [in] my immune system were attacking my organs and it made my body even weaker,” he added. “And I travel a lot, I fly a lot. Anyone who flies a lot can be a victim to possibly getting blood clots ‘cause it can start in your legs, or your lower back, but that, on top of my previous condition, actually made me more prone to this.”
Nick said his condition could have been more serious if he hadn’t been physically fit.
“My doctor was like, ‘Luckily, you’re in shape, because most people who get blood clots in their lungs can’t breathe and they stop breathing, like, forever,’” he recounted. “I didn’t have that symptom of not being able to breathe. I mean it hurt; I had pain; when I took deep breaths it really hurt, and I told my doctors about this and they hooked me up and everything’s good now.”
The radio host said it was a tough time for his wife, Mariah Carey, who, over the weekend, was mourning the loss of Whitney Houston.
“My wife [had] to deal with that — not only taking care of me, and being concerned and worried — but also having to lose a close friend and her having to deal with that,” he said.
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