Let's get physical: Trump to undergo first medical examination as president

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump is in excellent health, his physician said today after he underwent his first physical examination since taking office.

The president will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for the check-up.

Jackson says he looks forward to providing additional details at a White House briefing Tuesday. Previous presidential physicals also mostly excluded mental acuity readings, at least any that were disclosed to the public.

Dr. Jackson has been a physician to the President for three consecutive administrations.

Trump has claimed his physical health has always been strong.

If Trump had any patient's apprehension going into his exam - which he flew to aboard his Marine One helicopter - he didn't let on.

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Physical exams for presidents have been a norm since Richard Nixon, according to ABC News, but they aren't required. Bandy X. Lee briefed members of Congress on concerns about Trump's mental fitness to be president, despite advice from the American Psychiatric Association not to suggest a diagnosis of any mental health issue if the person has not personally examined the individual in question.

The public report from Trump's upcoming exam was also likely to be short and sweet, said George Annas, head of the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health.

Subsequently Bornstein revealed that Trump was prescribed a statin for high cholesterol, takes a daily baby aspirin for heart health, an occasional antibiotic for the skin condition rosacea, and finasteride pills that promote hair growth.

The president's medical examination was announced last month after he slurred part of a speech in which he declared the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He uses a cart when he plays golf. He does, however, drink gallons of Diet Coke per week, cans of which he summons with a red button.

He told them that he expects it to go well and that he would be surprised if it did not.

Doctors who have performed presidential physicals said the task of releasing information that is ordinarily bound by strict privacy rules can prove daunting.

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