This is the cognitive test the president passed

Lester Mason
January 21, 2018

Jackson initially had "no intention" of including such a test in the U.S. president's first annual physical checkup since it's not part of the routine procedure.

Presidents don't typically sit for cognitive assessments during their periodic physical exams.

Jackson says Trump is healthy and should remain so for the remainder of his presidency.

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

Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office - including Ronald Reagan, who five years after leaving the White House in 1989 was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, an incurable, degenerative brain condition.

"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part", Jackson said.

At his weight and height, the president is borderline obese.

The results were something the White House ― which had refused to say beforehand whether Trump would take a cognitive assessment ― was pleased to discuss, and Jackson spent almost a full hour taking questions about Trump's physical exam at Tuesday's daily briefing.

The Navy doctor exhausted reporters' questions during an unusually lengthy hour-long session, at Trump's request, and said he did not withhold any information in the interests of privacy.

Donald Trump at the White House
Donald Trump at the White House

According to Jackson, Trump told Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, "I do not want you pulling him off that stage".

Kanfer got 27 out of 30 answers correct which, according to the doctor, is not concerning. "It's concerning because you start to say if you do nothing different, if things don't change, you can start to predict the likelihood that some sort of heart event, some sort of cardiac event - a heart attack or something like that - within a certain number of years".

Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended, even though he takes a low dose of the statin drug Crestor.

Dr Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Mr Trump's so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143.

Trump has experienced several recent episodes in which he appeared to slur his words, adding to concerns about his health. Based on those interactions, Jackson said he personally saw no need to administer a dementia screening.

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

Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors.

The president's doctor said Trump appears to depend on only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, though he added later that Trump and most adults would benefit from more sleep.


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