Trump is in ex­cel­lent health: Doc­tor

The Hitavada - - WORLD - ■ By Lalit K Jha

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is in ex­cel­lent health, his physi­cian said on Satur­day af­ter he un­der­went his first phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion since tak­ing of­fice.

The ex­am­i­na­tion at the Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­tre lasted sev­eral hours and was likely to mea­sure things like Trump’s blood pres­sure, choles­terol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight.

“The Pres­i­dent’s phys­i­cal exam on Satur­day went ex­cep­tion­ally well,” Dr. Ron­nie Jack­son said in a brief state­ment.

“The Pres­i­dent is in ex­cel­lent health,” said Jack­son af­ter he con­ducted the first phys­i­cal exam of the 45th Pres­i­dent of the United states.

Dr. Jack­son has been a physi­cian to the Pres­i­dent for three con­sec­u­tive ad­min­is­tra­tions.

He is sched­uled to brief the me­dia on Jan­uary 16 when he is ex­pected to pro­vide a de­tailed read­out of the exam.

A rou­tine an­nual af­fair for ev­ery US Pres­i­dent, Trump’s med­i­cal checkup is be­ing widely re­ported and has drawn me­dia at­ten­tion in view of his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents rais­ing ques­tions about his health.

Trump, 71, him­self dis­missed any ques­tion about his health. “I think it’s go­ing to go very well. I’ll be very sur­prised if it doesn’t,” Trump told re­porters on Thurs­day.

“It (had) bet­ter go well, other­wise the stock mar­ket will not be happy,” he joked in re­sponse to a ques­tion on his health.

Two months be­fore the Novem­ber 2016 elec­tion, Trump re­leased a fivepara­graph let­ter from his long­time physi­cian, Dr. Harold Born­stein, who con­cluded that Trump “is in ex­cel­lent phys­i­cal health.”

The 2016 let­ter put Trump’s blood pres­sure and choles­terol mea­sure­ments in the healthy range, though he uses a choles­terol-low­er­ing statin med­i­ca­tion. His EKG, chest X- ray, echocar­dio­gram and blood sugar were nor­mal.

The 6-foot-3 Trump weighed 107 kilo­grams, and his body mass in­dex, or BMI, of 29.5 put him in the cat­e­gory of be­ing over­weight for his height.

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