Biden is ‘healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male,’ doctor says
Joe Biden on Tuesday released a three-page summary of his medical history in which his doctor declared he is a “healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male” fully capable of taking on the role of president.
The summary indicated that Biden was being treated for several conditions, including an irregular heartbeat, gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies. It was written by Kevin O’Connor, who is director of executive medicine at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates and was Biden’s physician when he was vice president.
“Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous, 77-yearold male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief,” O’Connor wrote.
Biden does not use any tobacco products, does not drink any alcohol and works out at least five days per week, according to the summary.
He is nearly 6 feet and weighs 178 pounds, with a blood pressure of 128/84. His cholesterol reading is 126, according to the latest records.
Stuart Jay Olshansky, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago who analyzes the longevity of presidents, said Biden’s workout regimen was a positive sign.
Earlier this month, an 83-year-old farmer in Iowa told Biden that he thought he was too old for the job.
“I’m not sedentary,” Biden responded. “And you want to check my shape, man, let’s do push-ups together here, man. Let’s run. Let’s do whatever you want to do. Let’s take an IQ test. OK?”