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Biden judged “fit to successfully perform the duties of the president” after the first physical examination in office

Subsequently, his physician, Dr Kevin O’Connor, wrote in a note that Biden “remains fit for duty and fully discharges all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations.”

The doctor, who has been with the president since he took over as vice president, singled out two areas of “observation” that he set aside for detailed investigation: an “increasing frequency and severity of the disease. “throat clearing” and coughing during speaking engagements “and the President’s ambulatory gait, or gait abnormality, which O’Connor said was” noticeably stiffer and less fluid than it was about a year ago”.

Both have been notable elements of Biden’s public appearances since taking office.

In a detailed six-page summary of Biden’s health, O’Connor said the x-rays showed Biden to have arthritis of the spine and damage from normal wear and tear for a person his age.

The doctor rated the damage as moderate to severe, but said it was not severe enough to warrant specific treatment. He wrote that it would help explain some of Biden’s recent stiffness and awkward gait. An “extremely detailed neurological exam” was “reassuring,” O’Connor wrote, and showed no signs of stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Biden also suffers from a condition known as hiatus hernia, which causes him to reflux – something, O’Connor said, could explain his more frequent throat clearing.

The document contained a detailed account of the physical examination, including her height of 5 feet 11.65 inches; his weight of 184 pounds; and his blood pressure of 120/70. Biden does not drink or smoke and trains five times a week, according to the report.

“President Biden remains a healthy and vigorous man, 78 years old, who is fit to successfully carry out the functions of the president, including those of chief executive, head of state and commander-in-chief,” wrote O’Connor in his summary.

Biden underwent a routine colonoscopy on Friday while at Walter Reed’s. The process, which required anesthesia, meant he temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris, who became the first woman to assume presidential power for 85 minutes on Friday morning.

Leaving Walter Reed, Biden said he “had a great physical vote and a great vote in the House of Representatives,” alluding to the House passing his Build Back Better bill on Friday morning.

The last full update on Biden’s health came in December 2019, when the doctor he eventually recruited to serve as the White House doctor described him as “a man in good health. healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old who is fit to successfully perform the duties of the Presidency. “

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, has not released a full report on his health since.

Biden is not behind in releasing medical information compared to his recent predecessors, who waited a full year before undergoing a physical exam and allowing details to be released.

Biden’s latest health update came after he, then president-elect, broke his foot in November while playing with his dog. In February, Biden’s doctor said the foot fractures “are completely healed.”
Presidents are not required to publicly disclose the results of their annual health checks, but have done so to be transparent and to reassure the American people of questions about their health. However, the presidents also hid their illnesses, the severity of their illness or medical treatments.

Dr Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s primary care physician since 2009 and White House physician, wrote the three-page medical summary of Biden’s presidential campaign released almost two years ago.

The 2019 summary showed that Biden was being treated for non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or AFib – an irregular heartbeat that O’Connor said Biden had no symptoms of. He was taking Crestor for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as Eliquis for preventing blood clots, Nexium for acid reflux, and Allegra and a nasal spray for seasonal allergies.

The most significant medical event in Biden’s history, O’Connor wrote, took place when Biden suffered a brain aneurysm in 1988. He was in the Senate at the time. During the surgery, doctors discovered a second aneurysm that had not bled, which they also treated.

In the hospital after this operation, Biden suffered from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Doctors at the time inserted a “inferior vena cava filter,” which would prevent future blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs, and treated him with an oral anticoagulant for several months.

Biden also had his gallbladder removed in 2003, and according to O’Connor, he has undergone several surgeries and physical treatments for orthopedic injuries and sports medicine. Biden also underwent surgical removal of several non-melanoma skin cancer lesions.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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