Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump physical exam results: President in 'excellent health,' doctor says

Donald Trump physical exam results: President in 'excellent health,' doctor says

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It remains unclear whether doctors performed any mental acuity, cognitive or neurological tests during the president's physical exam. Questions about his mental health intensified this month after the publication of a book in which his closest advisers are said to have questioned his mental abilities.

Trump, who is the oldest president to take office, in public appearances has slurred words and grasped a drinking glass with both hands. Senator Bob Corker expressed concerns to reporters at the Capitol in October about Trump's "leadership, and just his stability, and the lack of desire to be competent on issues and understand". Some experts even visited Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers about their concerns.

Trump heads to the medical facility in the Maryland suburbs of Washington on Friday for his first medical check-up as president. Because the health information is considered private under federal law, the President himself must sign off on its release. Trump, 71, will have the final say on what readings are made public.

In December 2015, as a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that his medical report would "show perfection".

He tweeted: "Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for 'peanuts, ' only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars".

Full results of the exam are expected to be announced on Tuesday.

Trump's exam will likely follow a similar pattern.


What precisely will be disclosed about the President's health isn't yet clear. Bush, then 58, take aspirin and a statin.

Dr. Barbara Keber, vice chair for family medicine at Northwell Health, explained that this history is key to understanding a patient's overall health.

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency", the physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, concluded in the letter. The doctor's 2016 letter stated that Trump's testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.

Wali said that if that score has increased, it could indicate Trump has plaque building up in his arteries, which would put him at risk of cardiovascular disease.

The risks of such a health profile are well known: heart disease, strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure, to name a few. "If he has diabetes, that can affect your brain, that can cause vascular dementia".

But these tests may not catch everything.

"I'm up there using a lot of motion", he said. Those include pneumonia, shingles, and flu vaccinations.

There is no set template for the presidential exam.

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