Bi­den is ‘healthy, vig­or­ous, 77-year-old male,’ doc­tor says

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

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?”

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