October 21, 2016

Trump’s doctor declares he’s in ‘excellent physical health’

The letter states that Donald Trump has the “stamina to endure” both continued campaigning and “the singularly demanding job of President of the United States.” | AP Photo

Donald Trump is in “excellent physical health,” his physician wrote in a medical  note released Thursday by the Republican nominee’s campaign.

The campaign said Trump’s latest physical took place last Friday, administered by his doctor of nearly 36 years, Harold Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Bornstein grabbed headlines last year with his bombastic proclamation that, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Bernstein’s note released on Thursday was more restrained. It reveals that Trump takes a cholesterol-lowering drug (rosuvastatin) and a low-dose aspirin in addition to reiterating that his only hospitalization was for an appendectomy at the age of 11. Trump is 6-foot-3, weighing 236 pounds, placing him in the upper bound of what is considered “overweight” by the National Institutes of Health Body Mass Index calculator.

Bornstein wrote that Trump’s test showed a cholesterol level of 169, HDL cholesterol 63, LDL cholesterol 94, triglycerides 61, PSA 0.15, blood pressure 116/70, blood sugar 99 and C Reactive Protein UQ 0.7.

Bornstein reported Trump’s liver and thyroid function tests as “all within the normal range,” with an annual physical exam taking place every spring. Trump’s last colonoscopy was on July 10, 2013, according to the note, and it was normal and “revealed no polyps.” His calcium score was 98 in 2013. An EKG and chest X-ray conducted on April 14 of this year showed “normal” results, Bernstein added, going on to note that Trump received a transthroacic echocardiogram on Dec. 16, 2014 that “was reported within the range of normal.”

Trump’s testosterone level is 441.6, according to the report, which also states that his family has no history of premature cardiac or neoplastic disease, nor does the candidate use tobacco or alcohol.

“In summary, Mr. Trump is in excellent physical health,” Bornstein wrote in the note dated Wednesday, released in conjunction with the airing of Trump’s appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show,” also taped Wednesday in New York.

Trump’s campaign also issued a statement boasting about Trump’s health and taking a shot at Hillary Clinton.

“Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who is setting records for number of events, size of crowds, and breadth of travel on the campaign trail, determined in light of increased scrutiny of candidates’ health, it was important to have a detailed physical examination for all the various standard tests attributable thereto,” the campaign said in a statement sharing the results. “We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States.”

The Trump campaign’s mention of his “uninterrupted” schedule comes days after Hillary Clinton was forced to leave the trail while battling a case of pneumonia.

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