White House physician says Biden remains ‘fit for duty’ after routine medical exam


Biden remains fit for duty; Washington – President Joe Biden is still “fit” to perform his presidential duties. According to a medical note issue by the White House on Thursday after a routine physical.

“President Biden is still a healthy, vigorous, 80-year-old man. Who is fit to carry out the duties of the presidency. Said the White House doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, in a five-page memo.

O’Connor said his assessment was based on a “comprehensive review” of Biden’s medical history. A thorough physical examination that included consultation with experts at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

After a dermatology consultation, a small lesion on Biden’s chest was remove and sent for a biopsy, O’Connor said.

Biden’s previous physical was in November 2021, when O’Connor also said he was “fit for duty. Able to perform his duties “without exemptions or accommodations.”

At the time, O’Connor first noticed that Biden, then 78, was experiencing a “stiff” gait after breaking his leg. In Thursday’s memo, O’Connor said Biden’s gait was “stiff but not deteriorated.”

According to the latest medical evaluation, Biden has had no residual symptoms since contracting Covid in July.

Biden remains on medication and is asymptomatic for the heart rhythm disorder know as atrial fibrillation, O’Connor said. He also takes medication for cholesterol, which remains “incredibly low,” the memo said.

Biden also experiences acid reflux, which is why he can sometimes be hear purging, O’Connor said.

The test did not include a cognitive test. During the neurological examination, Biden showed no signs of any problems, the memo said. O’Connor said after the 2021 Biden test that a “very detailed neurological exam” revealed no abnormalities, such as the possibility of stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. disease.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said this month that Biden was suppose to take the test in January, but it was postpone due to a scheduling conflict.

In 2021, Biden’s exam included a colonoscopy that required sedation. A colonoscopy was not perform this time, Jean-Pierre said.

Thursday’s inspection took about three hours, he said.

Biden remains fit for duty; In an exclusive interview earlier today, Biden described his ordeal: “Well, everything went really well. God, love her. Thank God for small favors.”

The 80-year-old Biden did not directly say that he intends to run for a second term. He is expect to make a decision and make an announcement soon.

He will be 81 in the 2024 presidential election, and 86 after a full second term.

His previous full Medical Evaluation before his 2021 exam was release by his campaign in 2019 when he ran for the Democratic nomination. At the time, O’Connor of George Washington University described Biden as “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old man who can successfully carry out the presidency, including the duties of CEO, head of state.” and boss.

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