Biden campaign releases his medical history

Biden campaign releases his medical history

Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign on Tuesday released records on his medical history, with a physician asserting he is fit to be president. 

"Vice President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief," said Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who served as Biden's doctor while he was vice president. 

O'Connor noted that Biden is being treated for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies. 


Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation can cause blood to pool in the heart, which heightens the risk of blood clots and strokes if untreated, while hyperlipidemia occurs when there is a high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood.

Biden is the latest White House candidate to release a doctor's note confirming their fitness for office. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDebate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' MORE (D-Mass.) was the first 2020 contender to release a note on her health from her doctor last week. 

Dr. Beverly Woo wrote that the 70-year-old senator is in "excellent health" and her "only medical condition" is an under-active thyroid gland. 

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFour years is not enough — Congress should make the child tax credit permanent Biden's spending plans: Good PR, but bad politics and policy Top 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study MORE, 77, also released a note from his doctor last week, saying he was in "outstanding health." 


With multiple leading White House candidates — including President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE — north of 70, questions on health and fitness have grown common on the campaign trail.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.), 78, suffered a heart attack while campaigning in October. 

The senator said he should have done a better job of paying attention to the signs leading up to his cardiac event. 

"I must confess, I was dumb,” Sanders said. “During this campaign, I've been doing in some cases three or four rallies a day, running all over the state — Iowa, New Hampshire, wherever. And yet I, in the last month or two, just was more fatigued than I usually have been.”

Trump was also subject to medical speculation last month after an unannounced trip to Walter Reed Medical Center. 

"Despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues," Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, said at the time.