Past presidents’ physicals: What we know so far

Being in the public eye during one’s tenure as president of one of the most powerful countries in the world and even afterward is a given.

A recent piece on CNN exposed the medical histories of a number of former US presidents. The majority of the data in these records is generic, including height, weight, and general health. For instance, the database for former President Obama has information about his skin tag removal procedure.

While it is not mandatory for presidential candidates to disclose their health status to the public, Jackson disclosed it during a meeting on Tuesday. He disclosed that Donald Trump was in “excellent health” the next day.

Gerald Ford, President, 1974–1977

Ford’s physician declared in January 1975 that he was “happy to report [Ford] is in excellent health.” Every medical test result was normal in every manner.

Another physical followed a year later. “Apart from occasional mild discomfort in his knee after extended standing, he has not complained.” The President is still physically capable of working long hours. He weighs between 195 and 198 pounds, sleeps soundly, and keeps to his diet.

“The completion of the new White House swimming pool will provide him with short intervals for relaxation that can easily be fitted into his busy schedule,” Ford’s physician stated in a 1975 letter.

During a press conference in January 1976, Dr. William Lukash stated, “I would like to take the time to acknowledge those citizens who, by their contributions, make a swimming pool available for the President in the White House.”“I should also mention that the President was hesitant to use the pool during the winter because he was worried about using less energy. I talked to him about this and felt that using the pool would benefit him because it would enhance his sense of wellbeing and help him feel better the following day. About 14 minutes are spent by the President swimming roughly 24 lengths of the pool, or almost a quarter of a mile.

Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989

According to Reagan’s 1981 physical, which was signed by 14 medical professionals, the president was “in excellent health” and had “fully recovered” from the gunshot wounds he had sustained in March 1981 during an attempted assassination.

At one point, it was also disclosed that Reagan had a finger cyst removed. According to the statement made public earlier that day, a “sebaceous cyst on his left hand’s third finger was drained.” There is a Band-Aid on the President’s finger, but he can take it off in a few hours. This cyst has been there for a long time and is not causing any health issues.

“President Reagan continues to enjoy good health,” the White House physician stated at the president’s examination in March 1985. He is in outstanding overall physical and mental health. The fact that his blood pressure is lower now than it was a year ago is particularly impressive to me.

When the president was still in office in 1988, his physician reported that he was in “remarkable physical condition.”

George H. W. Bush: from 1989 to 1993

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Bush was deemed to be in “extremely sound physical condition” after an examination in 1989.The results of the blood test, allergy test, urinalysis, EKG, X-rays, and dermatological examination were all normal. There were indications of “mild degenerative osteoarthritis,” which had been there for a few years, on his hips.

President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 2001

When then-President Clinton’s hearing was found to be impaired in a 1997 examination, he was fitted with a hearing aid.

According to his medical file, the cyst that was removed from his nose the previous year was the same one that was taken from his chest.

In 2001, during a physical examination, Dr. Connie Mariano, the presidential physician, reported that a skin cancer-related lesion on his back had been removed. The lesion was identified as superficial basal cell skin carcinoma based on the pathology results. The edges of the legion seemed “clean,” according to pathologists, suggesting that the disease had completely healed.

Clinton discussed his 2004 triple bypass surgery and his 2010 heart surgery in the CNN documentary “The Last Heart Attack.”

“I was fortunate that my heart attack did not cause my death,” he said to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent.

2010 saw Clinton adopt a vegan diet.

From 2001 to 2009, President George W. Bush

“A history of activity and sports-related injuries” was noted in the 2001 medical examination report for Bush.

He suffered “mild high frequency hearing loss” after benign polyps in his intestines were removed in 1998 and 1999, but he had “excellent” speech frequency hearing.

“The President’s cardiovascular fitness puts him in the top 2% of men his age. With this level of fitness, he falls into the Superior range for males 45 and beyond, and the Excellent group for men 40–44. He fits the characteristics of a very low coronary risk.

He admitted that he occasionally drank coffee and diet Coke and that he occasionally smoked cigarettes. It was later discovered that Bush was an extremely active person who used the elliptical, lifted weights, and engaged in cross-training activities like swimming.

President Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2017

On December 6, 2012, President Barack Obama is pictured in the Oval Office during a presidential portrait sitting for an official picture. (Pete Souza provided the official White House photo)

President Obama had received four medical examinations while in office. His vital indicators were all within a healthy range according to all the readings.

Information on the medications he was taking at the time was also given. He was instructed to take vitamin D daily, nicotine gum (for continuous attempts to stop smoking), Nexium (for occasional symptoms of acid reflux), and Malarone (for travel to malaria-endemic areas worldwide).

Donald Trump from 2017-2021

President Donald J. Trump’s official portrait, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Image courtesy of Shealah Craighead, the White House)

Trump’s personal physician signed a medical report stating that the business mogul and former president is in “excellent” overall health. On the day of Joe Biden’s 81st birthday, Trump released a report claiming to have “exceptional” cognitive health.

In the letter, Trump’s physician attributes his weight loss to “an improved diet and continued daily physical activity.” The doctor added, without providing exact measurements, that Trump’s “laboratory analysis” yielded more positive results than previous testing.

Trump would be “the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency,” according to his doctor’s assessment in 2015.Later on, the physician acknowledged that the note was written by the patient.

But as the business mogul’s desire to seek president once more gained attention, a former Trump adviser voiced worries about the man’s emotional and physical well-being.

The public has discussed Trump’s health on previous occasions. His physical and mental well-being were questioned when he was in the White House, and some even said that he was unfit to be the leader of the nation. made news for several days when he revealed how well he performed on a dementia exam that he claimed was an intellect test. According to him, the questions involved selecting an elephant and repeatedly saying, “Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.”

Even though Joe Biden, the president-elect, has a clean medical record, his frequent stumbles and falls continue to garner national attention.

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