Donald Trump `did exceedingly well´ in cognitive screening test

Lester Mason
January 23, 2018

It was Trump's first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center.

He is known to enjoy high-fat foods like fried chicken, hamburgers and steak - and while he plays golf, he does not have a daily exercise routine. Tyson's Corner, Va. internal medicine doctor Sam Pappas faced that dilemma the same afternoon Jackson was explaining Trump's health data to the press.

"The president asked me to do it", Jackson said.

Jackson came under fire for saying that Trump is in "excellent" health while some of the numbers provided by the White House in the summary of Trump's physical told a different story.

Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who administered Trump's first presidential physical last week, said Trump received a flawless score on a test created to detect early signs of memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment. Some of the assessments include identifying animals by pictures, drawing a clock with the hands at a certain time and repeating phrases such as "the cat always hid under the couch when the dogs were in the room". The test does not assess psychiatric fitness.

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.

Jackson said between diet and exercise, the president was more keen on the dieting, "but we're going to be doing both". A year earlier, Bornstein had released a letter that predicted Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" if he won. Jackson said he didn't feel the test was necessary.

One example was Los Angeles-based baseball player Albert Pujol, who Gunn said was also 190cm and 108kg.

At 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, the 71-year-old president had a blood pressure reading of 122/74 and a resting heart rate of 68 beats per minutes.

Cognitive tests like the one administered to President Trump are used to screen for warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia.

Jackson credited the results to genetics. The host also cracked it was more worrying that Trump did some of the things he does-like tweet the word "covfefe"-while apparently of completely sound mind. I found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process".

Ranit Mishori, an attending physician at Georgetown University-Providence Hospital in Washington, said Trump received more screening and diagnostic tests than are generally recommended for someone at his age and with his medical history.

Even without red flags from test results, Mishori said it was clear that Trump faces some risks. Being overweight is simply defined as a person whose weight is higher than what is considered a normal weight adjusted for height. How you could take these indices and say excellent health?

Mishori disagreed with Jackson's assessment that Trump would be healthy for the rest of his term and possibly a second four-year term.

Sanders then took time to lambast Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer for orchestrating what she called the "Schumer Shutdown", while urging everyone to help promote the hashtag #SchumerShutdown.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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