WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump would be the affected person, not the commander in chief providing consolation, when he visits the Walter Reed navy hospital on Friday.
Trump is headed to the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outdoors Washington, for his first medical checkup as president. But what has been a reasonably routine examination for earlier officeholders has taken on outsized significance within the age of Trump, given the tone of a few of his tweets, feedback attributed to a few of his shut advisers and Trump’s current slurring of phrases on nationwide TV.
Some of the feedback had been printed in a brand new e book about Trump’s first yr, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as “full fantasy” for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.
Trump himself has pushed again exhausting towards any suggestion that he is mentally unfit, declaring himself “a really secure genius.”
Some questions and solutions about Trump’s bodily:
WHAT QUESTIONS WILL THE EXAM ANSWER?
The examination, lasting a number of hours, will measure issues like Trump’s blood stress, ldl cholesterol, blood sugar, coronary heart price and weight.
Conclusions about his psychological acuity aren’t anticipated. The White House stated Trump is not going to bear a psychiatric examination. Officials didn’t tackle a distinct sort of screening: assessments of cognitive standing that look at neurologic capabilities together with reminiscence. Cognitive assessments aren’t routine in customary physicals, although they just lately grew to become lined in Medicare’s annual wellness visits for seniors.
IS THE EXAM MANDATORY?
No, however fashionable presidents sometimes bear them often and launch a physician’s report declaring they’re “match for responsibility.”
WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT TRUMP’S HEALTH?
Two months earlier than the November 2016 election, Trump launched a five-paragraph letter from his longtime doctor, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Trump “is in glorious bodily well being.” A yr earlier, Bornstein stated in a December 2015 letter: “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, would be the healthiest particular person ever elected to the presidency.”
The 2016 letter put Trump’s blood stress and ldl cholesterol measurements within the wholesome vary, although he makes use of a cholesterol-lowering statin treatment. His EKG, chest X-ray, echocardiogram and blood sugar had been regular. The 6-foot-Three Trump weighed 236 kilos, and his physique mass index, or BMI, of 29.5 put him within the class of being obese for his top.
Trump takes Crestor for his ldl cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for coronary heart assault prevention, Propecia to deal with male-pattern baldness and antibiotics for rosacea. The physician’s 2016 letter said that Trump’s testosterone stage, 441.6, was within the regular vary, as had been his PSA studying for prostate abnormalities and assessments of his liver and thyroid.
Trump was 70 when he took workplace on Jan. 20, 2017, making him the oldest individual ever elected to the nation’s highest workplace.
WHAT ABOUT HIS LIFESTYLE?
He leads a largely sedentary way of life in comparison with his most up-to-date predecessors, and has stated he will get most of his train taking part in golf.
The American Heart Association says that one of the best varieties of train improve the guts price and make an individual breathe closely, however that actions like golf do not present as a lot cardiovascular profit since they do not require a lot additional effort. The affiliation suggests gamers stroll the golf course as an alternative of renting a golf cart. Trump drives a cart from gap to gap.
President Barack Obama performed basketball, lifted weights, labored out on an elliptical machine or treadmill and performed golf. George W. Bush traded working for mountain biking to protect his knees. He additionally cleared brush from his central Texas ranch throughout the 100-degree summers. Bill Clinton was a runner who put in a jogging monitor on the White House. He additionally performed golf and indulged in Big Macs.
Trump likes quick meals, too, together with well-done steaks, chocolate cake and double scoops of vanilla ice cream. He reportedly downs 12 Diet Cokes a day. In their current e book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” former high marketing campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie described the 4 main meals teams on Trump’s marketing campaign aircraft as “McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.”
The advisers additionally stated one Trump meal in Chicago consisted of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate milkshake.
WHAT MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASE?
How a lot of Trump’s well being data the general public will get to see is as much as the president, however Sanders stated she expects the White House to launch the identical type of particulars previous presidents have made public. Trump’s physician will launch a short assertion on Friday after the examination, after which be part of her at Tuesday’s briefing to supply a extra detailed readout and reply questions.
Obama’s three medical experiences included sections on important statistics; bodily examination by system, such as eyes, pulmonary and gastrointestinal; lab outcomes; his previous medical and surgical historical past; his social historical past; and medicines, amongst others.
WHO WILL EXAMINE TRUMP?
Trump’s official physician is Ronny L. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral who was the emergency drugs physician for a shock trauma platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq, throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom, in accordance with his Navy bio. Jackson additionally offered care for Obama. Jackson grew to become a White House doctor in 2006. He has overseen well being care for the Cabinet and senior workers, served as doctor supervisor for the Camp David presidential retreat and led the White House Medical Unit.
Jackson will look at the president and line up specialists to conduct different components of the examination. The White House has launched no details about the opposite medical doctors who will look at Trump.
HAS TRUMP EVER BEEN TO WALTER REED HOSPITAL?
Trump has visited twice as president to cheer wounded service members. He awarded Purple Hearts throughout visits in April and December.
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