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January 17, 2018

The results of Trump's physical are in. Here's what the White House doc says about POTUS' physical, cognitive health.

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    Ronny Jackson, the official physician to the president and a rear admiral in the Navy, on Tuesday said the results of President Trump's medical exam last week showed Trump is in "excellent" overall health.

    About the president's health exam

    Trump, 71, had the examination Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The exam was Trump's first official physical since taking office.

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    Jackson, who performed the examination, previously worked as a White House physician during former President George W. Bush's administration and former President Barack Obama's administration.

    Presidents are not required to have a physical or to publicly share the results, but over the years it has become standard practice to do so. Presidential exams typically cover basic health metrics, such as body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and resting heart rate. Past presidential exams also have included data on the president's cardiac rhythms, gastrointestinal system, skin, thyroid, vision, and neurological indicators.


    Presidential medical reports generally are sparse and do not include information beyond basic health and lifestyle information.

    Jackson says Trump is 'very healthy'

    According to Reuters, Trump's exam lasted about three hours, and Jackson in a statement distributed by the White House on Friday said the examination went "exceptionally well."

    The White House on Tuesday released a memo detailing specific results of the exam. During a press conference Tuesday, Jackson said, "All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency." According to the memo, Trump's blood pressure was 122/74, which according to Vox is in the normal range, his total cholesterol was 223, and his LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, was 143, which according to Vox is slightly high. Trump's visual fields were "normal," the memo stated.

    The memo states that Trump is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 239 pounds. Jackson said he suggested that Trump exercise moand improve his diet, and that Trump expressed "he would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds." Jackson said Trump currently does not "have a dedicated, defined exercise program," adding that Trump seemed more "enthusiastic" about losing weight through dieting than exercising.

    According to Jackson, Trump also requested a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he performed the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to Vox, is a common screening test for mild cognitive impairments and symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Jackson said Trump had a perfect score of 30 out of 30 on the assessment, adding that Trump "has absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever."

    The topic of mental health and the presidency has been a point of discussion in recent weeks. More than a dozen lawmakers, including one Republican, last month met with a Yale University psychiatrist to discuss Trump's mental health. However, several prominent groups—including the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association—have said such discussions are "unethical" and stigmatize mental health conditions.

    Jackson also criticized observers who have speculated about Trump's mental health, saying, "People shouldn't be making those kind of assessments about the president unless they have the opportunity to get to know him and examine him. In my opinion, that's just tabloid psychiatry." He said, "I can reliably say, and I think that the folks in the mental health (field) would back me up on the fact that if [Trump] had some kind of mental, cognitive issue, that this test is sensitive enough, it would have picked up on it. He would not have got 30 out of 30."

    Overall, Jackson said he believed Trump's health should allow him to serve out his current term as president, as well as a second term if re-elected (Bieler, "Early Lead," Washington Post, 1/16; Lima, Politico, 1/16; Rampton, Reuters, 1/12; AP/Los Angeles Times, 1/12; Belluz, Vox, 1/16; Resnick, Vox, 1/17; Taylor, NPR, 1/16; Rascoe/Rampton, Reuters, 1/16; Kamisar, The Hill, 1/16; Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 1/16; Barclay/Belluz, Vox, 1/16).

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