President Trump has common form of heart disease

Lester Mason
January 20, 2018

Sanjay Gupta didn't examine President Donald Trump, but that didn't stop him from diagnosing the commander-in-chief with heart disease, contradicting the evaluation of the president's physician, Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson.

Trump was responding to questions as he met with Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House on Tuesday.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, stood behind Jackson's assessment of the president's health, noting on Wednesday that he has been a White House physician for 12 years, treating former pPresident George W. Bush and Barack Obama in addition to Trump.

That height and weight gives Trump a body mass index (BMI) of 29.9 which places him in the overweight category on the verge of obesity, defined as a BMI of 30 or greater.

He achieved a flawless score of 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (Moca), a test that screens for illnesses such as Alzheimer's and dementia (but does not assess fitness to lead).

He scored a 30/30 on the test, Jackson said, and there was 'no indication that he has cognitive issues'. And, on a day-to-day basis it has been my experience that the president - is very sharp, he is very articulate when he speaks to me.

"I think he saw doing the physical as an opportunity to put some of that to rest", Jackson said.

But he says the president asked for it.

In response to speculation that the president has mental health problems, Jackson said, "In my opinion, that's just tabloid psychiatry".

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The doctor also said Trump showed "excellent cardiac results ... from a stress test" performed on the president last week.

Trump is considered overweight and borderline obese at 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 meters) tall and 239 pounds (108 kg).

Former President Barack Obama warms up before playing a basketball game at Fort Mc Nair in Washington D.C. on Saturday
Former President Barack Obama warms up before playing a basketball game at Fort Mc Nair in Washington D.C. on Saturday

"I think a reasonable goal over the next year or so is to lose 10 to 15 pounds".

'He has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina, ' Jackson said of the 71-year-old-president.

"He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol", he said.

"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're going to do both", Jackson said, adding that he might enlist first lady Melania Trump to help.

"He said, 'I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have, '" Jackson said of Trump.

Maron said Trump's LDL level was surprising, considering he is using Crestor, a powerful cholesterol-lowering drug.

Just to be safe, Jackson and an ear, nose and throat specialist ran some extra tests and found nothing amiss.

Trump has not clarified to aides what he said, but told reporters Sunday night in Florida that comments attributed to him "weren't made".

"I've never known him to repeat himself when he's around me".

As the firestorm over Trump's comment began late last week, the White House and Trump's National Security Council provided no guidance to the State Department about what to say to foreign countries who were incensed, said a USA official familiar with the conversations between the White House and other federal agencies.

In general, though, Jackson was upbeat about Trump's physical condition, prompting questions about how a septuagenarian man with such seemingly poor habits, including little apparent exercise apart from golfing (while driving in carts) and an affinity for greasy fast food, could fare so well in a thorough examination.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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