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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama's Health

Obama's doctor revealed today that Obama is in excellent health.  The New York Times reports,

Senator Barack Obama was in “excellent health” at the time of his last examination more than a year ago, according to a letter released today by his physician, and has no known medical problems that would affect his ability to serve as president. 

It is the first time Mr. Obama, 46, has publicly released information on his medical history or current health condition. The brief statement summarized the senator’s health for the last 21 years and was signed by Dr. David L. Scheiner , who has been Mr. Obama’s primary care physician for more than two decades.

Mr. Obama’s “family history is pertinent,” according to the doctor, who noted that the senator’s mother died from ovarian cancer and his grandfather died of prostate cancer. Mr. Obama’s smoking history – off and on for at least two decades – also was noted. . . .

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog wanted to know about the cigarettes . . . .

Barack Obama’s doctor just released a one-page letter describing the senator’s health as “excellent.” . . .  He exercises and eats well. His blood pressure is 90/60, his LDL cholesterol is 96 and his HDL is 68, says the letter by Dr. David Scheiner, who has treated Obama since 1987.   The letter does note that Obama’s history has included “intermittent” cigarette smoking. “He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success,” says the letter. But it doesn’t say how much Obama smoked, or for how long. . . .

The letter concludes that Obama is in “overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President.” . . .

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