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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The difference between President Trump's annual physical exam and yours

On Friday, President Trump underwent his first full physical exam since taking the Oval Office. White House physician Ronny Jackson gave a press conference today reiterating his earlier statement that the 71-year-old president is in “excellent health."

Despite concerns about his weight, diet and lack of physical activity, Jackson said that based on President Trump's cardiac assessment, his cardiac risk is low. To improve his health, Trump and his doctor are working on a plan to change his diet with "reasonable goal" of losing 10 to 15 pounds. At Trump's request, he was also screened for cognitive issues and Alzheimer's disease. 
"I have no concerns about his cognitive abilities," Jackson told reporters. The White House physician also said that the details released by President Trump are more extensive than those of previous presidents in recent history. "He has gone above and beyond to demonstrate his cognitive abilities."

So, what does a yearly physical for the Commander in Chief look like compared to what we experience? Jackson said the examination took over four hours so it’s safe to say that Trump got a more rigorous annual physical than the average 71-year-old American would — but perhaps not by all that much.

“Trump likely received a physical exam that’s close to standard for what a man of his age would get,” says Dr. Okoye, explaining that the examination typically comprises blood work to show the levels of your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry and immune system.
 You would likely also have your thyroid tested, be screened for diabetes and have your cholesterol tested via a lipid panel. Also standard for men of this age is a prostrate screening (one is recommended every four years), a colonoscopy (recommended every five to 10 years), and, if it hasn’t already been ruled out, a Hepatitis-C test (recommended by the CDC for everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested). This is all in addition to checking blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, body temperature and muscle reflexes. The doctor also will likely palpitate the abdomen to check for abnormality, and of course, listen to your heart and lungs as well as check the ears, nose and throat.
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On Friday, President Trump underwent his first full physical exam since taking the Oval Office. White House physician Ronny Jackson gave a press conference today reiterating his earlier statement that the 71-year-old president is in “excellent health."

Despite concerns about his weight, diet and lack of physical activity, Jackson said that based on President Trump's cardiac assessment, his cardiac risk is low. To improve his health, Trump and his doctor are working on a plan to change his diet with "reasonable goal" of losing 10 to 15 pounds. At Trump's request, he was also screened for cognitive issues and Alzheimer's disease. 
"I have no concerns about his cognitive abilities," Jackson told reporters. The White House physician also said that the details released by President Trump are more extensive than those of previous presidents in recent history. "He has gone above and beyond to demonstrate his cognitive abilities."

So, what does a yearly physical for the Commander in Chief look like compared to what we experience? Jackson said the examination took over four hours so it’s safe to say that Trump got a more rigorous annual physical than the average 71-year-old American would — but perhaps not by all that much.

MOST FOLKS OVER 65 GET A PRETTY THOROUGH WORKUP

“Trump likely received a physical exam that’s close to standard for what a man of his age would get,” says Dr. Okoye, explaining that the examination typically comprises blood work to show the levels of your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry and immune system. You would likely also have your thyroid tested, be screened for diabetes and have your cholesterol tested via a lipid panel. Also standard for men of this age is a prostrate screening (one is recommended every four years), a colonoscopy (recommended every five to 10 years), and, if it hasn’t already been ruled out, a Hepatitis-C test (recommended by the CDC for everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested). This is all in addition to checking blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, body temperature and muscle reflexes. The doctor also will likely palpitate the abdomen to check for abnormality, and of course, listen to your heart and lungs as well as check the ears, nose and throat.
“Like any older man, Trump would be screened for abdominal aortal aneurysm, for which he's certainly at risk by given his behavior and age,” adds Dr. Catherine S. Forest, clinical associate professor, primary care and population health, and medical director at Stanford Health Center at Los Altos.

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