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06/05/2014 02:39 pm ET Updated Jun 06, 2014

Hillary Clinton: You Know Who Else Had A Concussion? Paul Ryan

Hillary Clinton said in an interview published this week that she does not suffer from any lingering effects of the concussion she sustained in 2012.

“I did have a concussion and some effects in the aftermath of it, mostly dizziness, double vision. Those all dissipated," she told People Magazine.

The former secretary of state also said she got advice on how to deal with her injury from an unlikely source: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). She said she solicited advice from Ryan when the two spoke at President Barack Obama's second inaugural address in Washington.

“I said, ‘Congressman, I read that you’re a great athlete. Have you ever had a concussion?’ ‘Oh, yeah. Three at least.’ I said, ‘Were they serious?’ He said, ‘One was really serious. I’m so grateful to my mother, because she said, ‘You’re grounded. You’re going to rest until it goes away.’ And of course it did," she said.

Clinton also told the magazine she worried about concussion victims who don't receive the level of care -- and time to rest -- that she did. Specifically, she told the magazine she has concerns about "athletes, soldiers, accident victims."

In December 2012, Clinton fell and sustained the concussion while dealing with a stomach virus. She was subsequently treated for a blood clot and returned to work the following month.

At the time, some conservatives accused her of faking injuries to avoid testifying before Congress about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Recently, though, Republicans have increasingly tried to raise doubts about Clinton's health in light of her possible 2016 presidential run. Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested at an event last month that she may have suffered brain damage as a result of her fall -- an assertion that was rebuked by Clinton's spokesman and condemned by some Republicans, such as Newt Gingrich.

But the speculation isn't going away. On Wednesday the conservative Drudge Report tweeted out a link to Clinton's People cover, asking, "Is Clinton holding a walker?"

By the end of the day, the magazine had confirmed she was simply leaning on a chair.

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