As he decides whether to run for president in four years, Biden has a clean bill of health
A State-of-the-Art Report of the Biden Health Check-up and the Implications for the Democratic Causality of the White House
After a routine physical President Biden’s doctor said he is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.
Biden finished his physical at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday morning. After a “straightforward” exam, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, Biden returned to the White House to work.
There were two areas of observation that were highlighted by O’Connor during Biden’s health check-up: an “increasing frequency and severity” of throat clearing and coughing during speaking engagements and a walking abnormality.
Biden is still not completely pain-free, he was prescribed custom orthotics to help his feet, according to the report. He continues to work out five days a week and his contact lens prescription was updated.
Presidents are free to choose which information about their health is made public. Over the last several decades, the White House physician has consistently described the office-holder as fit to serve.
The document contained a detailed accounting of the physical exam, including his height of 6 feet; his weight of 178 pounds – down six pounds from his last physical; and his blood pressure of 128/77. Biden did not use tobacco, the document said.
As with his previous physical in 2021, the White House did not say whether Biden underwent any cognitive tests, which some doctors recommend for older adults.
Biden was asked in an interview earlier this month if his age made him hesitant about running, to which he replied “Anything that would keep me from being able to do the job.”
Biden questioned the accuracy of polls that showed a majority of Democrats wanted another candidate to be their nominee. “That’s not what I hear,” he said in an interview with Telemundo last week. Do you know any polls that are up to date?
A Checkup of the General Relative Physical Conditions in the Presence of a White House Candidate, David E. Biden
“Fortunately, having been fully vaccinated and twice boosted at the time of his initial infection, the president experienced only mild symptoms, consisting mostly of a deep, loose cough and hoarseness,” O’Conner wrote.
“The president remains fit for duty, and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations,” O’Connor wrote in his report.
“It is well-established that [Biden] did spend a good deal of time in the sun in his youth,” O’Connor wrote. “He has had several localized non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency.”
A report claims Biden is being treated for a-fib. His heart is functioning normally, with no signs of heart failure and his report notes that he has excellent functional capacity.
That checkup didn’t reveal anything unexpected: a lingering cough, caused by acid reflux; a stiffened stride attributed to wear and tear; a formerly fractured foot from playing with his dog the year prior; and he had gained a few pounds.
Biden’s mobility issue is attributed to degenerative “wear and tear” on his spine, the same diagnosis from 2021. Biden had coughing and throat clearing, according to O’Conner.