US President Joe Biden is “healthy”, “strong” and “fit” to fulfill his role as President of the United States , his doctor said after he underwent a health checkup. The president, who turns 79 on Saturday, takes three prescription drugs and two without a prescription, he adds.
Compared to his last check-up, in December 2019, Biden has greater stiffness when walking and his frequent cough is due to gastroesophageal reflux, he details. The doctor Kevin O’Connor, after the checkup, attributes these changes to ailments without the greatest severity. He finds a “mild” neuropathy (nerve problem) that affects the feet and sequelae of a fracture that explain his walking more rigidly. He attributes his frequent cough to gastroesophageal reflux.
This checkup also included a colonoscopy under anesthesia, which forced Biden to hand over his powers for an hour and 25 minutes to Vice President Kamala Harris, who briefly became the first woman to hold presidential prerogatives in American history.
The colonoscopy was “reassuring,” says the doctor who has cared for Biden for 13 years.
Through this medical exam, the large intestine, which contains the colon and rectum , can be visualized . It allows detecting diseases such as colon cancer , so experts recommend undergoing this study from the age of 50 . It is an invasive imaging test in which a tube – the endoscope – is inserted through the anus to explore the large intestine. It requires a previous intestinal cleansing. In addition to being a diagnostic tool, it can be used to treat some diseases in the colon. It usually lasts just over 15 minutes.
Other Biden Health Facts
The report reveals data such as that the president of the United States is 1.82 m tall, weighs 83 kilos, wears contact lenses, does not smoke or drink, and practices sports five times a week.
The check-up also lists benign conditions that you suffer from, apart from your gastric and mobility problems: “non-valvular atrial fibrillation”, a “stable” heart condition under treatment, a high level of lipids in the blood, which also treats, allergies and arthritis .
Upon his return to the White House after this checkup, the Democratic president complied, visibly satisfied, with the tradition of pardoning two turkeys before Thanksgiving, called Peanut Butter and Jelly in tribute to a very popular sandwich.
After a speech peppered with jokes and interrupted by the clucking of the two birds, a smiling Biden posed for pictures and joked with the children in the White House rose garden. “My check-up went very well,” he told reporters. “I feel good,” he added.
Biden is the oldest president in the history of the United States and has made public that he plans to run for a new term in 2024, but there is speculation that he could resign due to his age. Biden has promised transparency about his health status. Some supporters of Donald Trump do not miss an opportunity to publicly cast doubt, more or less indirectly, about his physical health and alertness.
In 1988 he had a serious health problem: he was rushed to the hospital after a ruptured aneurysm and a priest was called to give him extreme unction.
If Biden does not run for reelection, Harris, 57, would be the Democrats’ natural candidate, although so far most observers take a mitigated balance of her term as vice president.