Trump ‘remains healthy,’ doctor says after latest physical
President Trump’s health is largely unchanged over the past year, according to a memo released by the White House physician on Wednesday that found he “remains healthy” after two separate exams in November and April.
Trump underwent a portion of his physical — the third of his presidency — at Walter Reed in November during an unannounced trip that prompted speculation about his health. He completed his physical during an April examination at the White House, according to the memo from Sean Conley.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she wasn’t aware of the precise date of the second portion of the president’s physical but said it took place “fairly recently.”
“Upon review of systems and physical exam, there were no findings of significance or changes to report,” Conley wrote.
The president, who is 73 years old, weighs 244 pounds and is 6 feet 3 inches tall, which puts him in the category of obese. He gained a pound from last year’s physical. He takes the same medications, including aspirin, Propecia and a pill to help lower his cholesterol. Trump’s cholesterol is down to 167 mg/dL from 196 the previous year.
Trump has a resting heart rate of 63 beats per minute, down from prior years; between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered a normal resting heart rate. Conley reported that Trump’s kidney, liver and thyroid functions were all normal.
Conley confirmed that Trump took hydroxychloroquine with zinc and vitamin D as a precaution against the coronavirus, the first time the White House physician has said so on the record. Trump previously told reporters he was taking the anti-malaria drug after two White House staffers tested positive for the coronavirus despite his own administration issuing a warning about it causing potential heart problems.
“The president completed the regimen safely and without side effects,” Conley wrote, noting that Trump’s heart rhythm was monitored during the treatment.
Conley said in a memo after Trump revealed he was taking hydroxychloroquine last month that the two discussed its potential use and concluded “the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.” The memo did not say explicitly that Trump was taking the drug.
The physician’s note did not state whether Trump took a cognitive exam.
Trump will turn 74 years old on June 14. He is the oldest president to be elected and is currently running for reelection against presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, 77.