Hillary Clinton’s health concerns have dominated political media coverage as of late. Just this past weekend, while attending a 9/11 memorial event, Hillary appeared to collapse as her campaign team rushed her off-site. They claimed that it was due to overheating and exhaustion at first, then they later explained that the Democratic candidate has been battling pneumonia, which likely caused the weakness and fatigue she exhibited on Sunday. Republicans have capitalized on the numerous Hillary Clinton health incidents, alleging that she is physically unfit to serve the nation from the Oval Office. Among those using Hillary’s health as a political tool is Donald Trump, who has asserted on several occasions that the former Secretary of State lacks the physical well-being required for the country’s highest office. However, Trump’s health record has been of similar contention throughout the presidential race.
In December of last year, Trump’s doctor released a letter declaring that Mr. Trump "would be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." After receiving harsh criticisms for the lack of professionalism and medical nuance in this letter, the practitioner admitted that he had drafted the letter in less than five minutes, as one of Trump’s limos waited for him outside. As such, Trump’s critics demanded that he release more thorough health information, seeing that his attacks on Hillary’s physical well-being were increasing in frequency.
The Trump campaign released earlier today a more detailed evaluation of the candidate’s medical record. "We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States," the campaign said. Of course, the comment about “uninterrupted” campaigning is a veiled shot at Mrs. Clinton, who has been off the trail for 3 days as she recovers from pneumonia.
“Mr. Donald J. Trump is a 70-year-old male who has been under my personal medical care since November 6, 1980. I am an internist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in medicine and gastroenterology, and a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine. I have been on the active staff of Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York for the past 38 years.
Mr. Trump was hospitalized only once, as a child of 11 years old for an appendectomy. He is 6’3” tall and weighs 236 pounds. Mr. Trump’s laboratory results reveal the following:
Cholesterol 169, HDL cholesterol 63, LDL cholesterol 94, triglycerides 61, PSA 0.15, blood pressure 116/70, blood sugar 99 and Reactive Protein UQ 0.7. His liver function and thyroid function tests are all within the normal range. He has had an annual physical exam in the spring of every year. His last colonoscopy was performed on July 10, 2013 which was normal and revealed no polyps. His calcium score in 2013 was 98. His EKG and chest X-ray on April 14, 2016, were normal. His cardiac evaluation included a transthoracic echocardiogram on December 16, 2014. This study was reported within the range of normal. His testosterone is 441.6. There is no family history of premature cardiac or neoplastic disease. He takes a lipid lowering agent (rosuvastatin) and a low dose aspirin. He does not use tobacco products or alcohol.
Mr. Trump’s parents, Mary and Fred, lived into their late 80s and 90s.
In summary, Mr. Trump is in excellent physical health.”
This release comes the same day as Trump’s scheduled appearance on The Dr. Oz Show. Trump reviewed his medical information with Dr. Oz on Wednesday, when the show was taped.
What do you think about this new announcement regarding Trump’s health? How might this affect the campaign?