Doc­tor’s let­ter: Trump ‘in ex­cel­lent phys­i­cal health’

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Michael Fin­negan Los An­ge­les Times re­porter Seema Mehta con­trib­uted.

Don­ald Trump re­leased a one-page doc­tor’s let­ter Thurs­day say­ing he is “in ex­cel­lent phys­i­cal health” while press­ing his case that he has more strength and stamina than Hil­lary Clin­ton.

The let­ter from Harold Born­stein, a Manhattan doc­tor, said the GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee takes low­dose as­pirin and a statin to lower his choles­terol.

It sum­ma­rized lab find­ings from Trump’s phys­i­cal last week, say­ing his car­diac, liver, thy­roid and other test re­sults were nor­mal for a 70-year-old man.

Trump is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 236 pounds — too heavy, he con­ceded in a tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance on “The Dr. Oz Show” that aired Thurs­day. Trump’s body mass in­dex, cal­cu­lated by weight and height, was 29.5, which is at the up­per end of the over­weight cat­e­gory and on the verge of en­ter­ing the obese range.

The TV ap­pear­ance and the let­ter did lit­tle to clar­ify what had trick­led out on Wed­nes­day from au­di­ence mem­bers present at the show’s tap­ing, dur­ing which the host, physi­cian Mehmet Oz, read some of the lab re­sults in Born­stein’s let­ter. Trump’s cam­paign said he was re­leas­ing “med­i­cal records,” as many other White House con­tenders have done, but he dis­closed noth­ing be­yond the one-page note.

The let­ter said Trump had an ap­pen­dec­tomy when he was 11 years old and has not been hos­pi­tal­ized since then. Trump’s last colonoscopy, in 2013, “was nor­mal,” it said.

It also said an EKG and chest X-ray this year were nor­mal. His choles­terol lev­els fell in the range that ex­perts deem nor­mal.

Born­stein’s let­ter was in­com­plete, said Dr. Ranit Mishori, a fam­ily medicine physi­cian at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity School of Medi- cine. She said the let­ter is miss­ing such rou­tine in­for­ma­tion as im­mu­niza­tion his­tory and life­style de­tails. And Trump’s med­i­cal and fam­ily his­to­ries are in­com­plete, said Mishori, who has no af­fil­i­a­tion with Trump.

Trump re­leased the let­ter as Clin­ton, his Demo­cratic ri­val, re­sumed cam­paign­ing Thurs­day af­ter pneu­mo­nia prompted her to scratch events this week. Her cam­paign re­leased de­tails about her health Wed­nes­day.

Trump has long ar­gued that Clin­ton lacks the “strength and stamina” to be pres­i­dent. He has avoided the phrase since Clin­ton fell ill. But his cam­paign state­ment Thurs­day said his test re­sults showed that Trump was “in ex­cel­lent health, and has the stamina to en­dure ... the sin­gu­larly de­mand­ing job of pres­i­dent.”

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