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Trump gets 1st medical checkup since becoming president

AP  |  Washington 

received his first medical checkup as at military hospital today, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he's mentally unfit. boarded Marine One at the medical facility in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington, after about three hours at the hospital. shook hands with his physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, and then waved before boarding his helicopter. Later in the day, the was travelling to for the weekend. The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV. Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump's first year, "Fire and Fury: Inside the White House" by Michael Wolff, which has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he's mentally unfit, declaring himself "a very stable genius." The examination was expected to last several hours and will measure things like Trump's blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. The said Jackson, Trump's physician, was expected to release a brief statement on Friday after the exam and then provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters. But conclusions about Trump's mental acuity aren't expected. The said will not undergo a psychiatric exam. Officials did not address a different type of screening: assessments of cognitive status that examine neurologic functions including memory.

Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors. While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor's report declaring they are "fit for duty." Two months before the November 2016 election, released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who concluded that "is in excellent physical health." A year earlier, Bornstein said in a December 2015 letter: "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." The 2016 letter put Trump's blood pressure and cholesterol measurements in the healthy range, though he uses a cholesterol-lowering statin medication. His EKG, chest X- ray, echocardiogram and blood sugar were normal. The 6-foot-3 weighed 107 kilograms, and his body mass index, or BMI, of 29.5 put him in the category of being overweight for his height. takes for his cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for prevention, Propecia to treat male- pattern baldness and for The doctor's 2016 letter stated that Trump's testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 04:20 IST
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