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