April 20, 2024

Biden health summary released by White House, president called ‘healthy, robust’

President Biden was declared a “healthy, robust 81-year-old,” following his physical examination.

The White House released the results of Biden’s physical exam on Wednesday afternoon, after he took Marine One to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive the examination.

In a release from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the Physician for the President, Biden was declared fit to “successfully execute the duties of the presidency.”

“President Biden is a healthy, active 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,” the release said.

In the note for Biden’s physical exam, Dr. O’Connor found that the president’s physical exam was “essentially unchanged from baseline.”

“The President feels well and this year’s physical identified no new concerns,” the release said.

O’Connor noted that while Biden’s gait remains stiff, it “has not worsened” since last year.

“The President’s arthritic changes remain moderate to severe, but still do not result in nerve root compression significant enough that they would warrant specific treatment,” the release said.

O’Connor also said that Biden’s skin cancer, which was removed last year, had not spread and that the president was fitted with a new prescription for his contact lenses.

The doctor also detailed the 81-year-old President’s use of a CPAP machine to treat his sleep apnea.

“Given the importance of efficient sleep for anyone, but certainly for a senior executive, we revisited the issue last spring, and conducted a formal sleep study,” the release said. “This study confirmed my suspicions that the President would benefit from optimizing his sleep efficiency with PAP.”

The President’s physical exam comes after the White House confirmed that Biden would not take a cognitive test as part of his examination.

“I’m just gonna say what Dr. O’Connor said to me about a year ago when [Biden’s physical] was released,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “The president proves every day [in] how he operates and how he thinks, by dealing with world leaders, by making difficult decisions on behalf of the American people – whether it’s domestic or it’s national security.”

Recent polling has found that Biden’s age is a major issue for a majority of not only Americans in general, but also Democrat voters.

A recent poll from ABC/Ipsos found that 86% of Americans believe Biden is too old to serve another term, including 73% of Democrats.

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