Biden remains fit for duty, doctor says in summary of president’s medical examination

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  • President Joe Biden “remains fit for duty” after his first physical exam while in office, his doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said.
  • O’Connor noted in a health report that a “single, 3 mm, benign-looking polyp” was removed from Biden’s colon during a routine colonoscopy, which required him to be placed under anesthesia.
  • The evaluation of the polyp is expected to be completed next week.
  • When he was anesthetized for his colonoscopy, Biden transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris, making her for a time the first female acting president in American history.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden remains “fit for duty” after his first physical exam in office, his doctor Kevin O’Connor said Friday.

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O’Connor, however, noted in a health report that a “single, 3 mm, benign-looking polyp” was removed from Biden’s colon during a routine colonoscopy conducted during Friday’s exam, which required him to undergo anesthesia. was required to be placed under

The evaluation of the polyp is expected to be completed next week.

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Read the full summary of Biden’s medical examination Here,

O’Connor said in his report that Biden is experiencing an increase in the frequency and severity of throat swabs during speaking engagements. The doctor said his belief that acid reflux was causing the problem was supported by examination and a specialist consultation.

Another issue flagged by O’Connor was Biden’s “ambulatory gait,” which the doctor said, “is markedly stiffer and less fluid than it was a year ago.”

O’Connor said most of the stiffness is due to wear and tear on Biden’s spine, as well as a lameness from a fracture in his right leg last year and “one-mile sensory peripheral neuropathy of the legs.”

The doctor said the president’s weight was recorded at 184 pounds and that his pulse rate was 72.

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person ever to be sworn in, and his health is therefore a subject of keen interest among voters.

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O’Connor wrote, “President Biden remains a healthy-strong 78-year-old male who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, which include as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief.” “

His physical performance took place at the American Presidents’ Conventional Hospital, Walter Reed National Army Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

When he was anesthetized for his colonoscopy, Biden transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris, making her for a time the first female acting president in American history. White House press secretary Jen Psaki later said that he resumed his role as president before noon.

Biden’s most recent public medical report was released in late 2019 while he was a presidential candidate.

That report said Biden was healthy and fit, but also that he was also being treated for a number of common age-related conditions. These include an elevated cholesterol level, a minor heart arrhythmia (AFib) and seasonal allergies.

The 2019 report also said Biden suffered from occasional acid reflux, which he treated with over-the-counter medication.

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The results of Biden’s latest test are likely to draw intense scrutiny from Republican and conservative media hosts, who have spent years building up a false narrative of Biden being unable to rule as a sick old man. To do so, he has seized on Biden’s lifelong stammer to suggest that his occasional stuttering on words is a sign of dementia.

Actually, people who spend time with Biden, including top Senate Republicans, says he is as sharp and knowledgeable as his employees.

Biden also takes care of maintaining his health.

“I have a treadmill and a Peloton bike and some weights. And I try to do workouts for me every morning. That’s the way I go,” Biden Said on his presidential campaign podcast in 2020.

However, after he was elected, Biden was allegedly prohibited from bringing His own Peloton bike with him at the White House due to safety concerns about the bike’s connectivity.

As recently as June, Biden was spotted with his family in their Rehoboth, Del. B was seen riding a bike near C’s house.

Biden’s decision to temporarily transfer power to Harris was influenced by former President George W. Bush, who transferred power in 2002 and 2007 to his then-Vice President, Dick Cheney, while he had routine colonoscopies.

Biden’s immediate predecessor, former President Donald Trump, 75, reportedly refused anesthesia, considered a colonoscopy, because he did not want to transfer power to then-Vice President Mike Pence.According to a memoir by former White House aide Stephanie Grisham,

Christina Wilkie reported from Washington and Dan Mangen from New York.

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