A Closer Look at Joe Biden’s Health
October 28, 2020 – Uncertainty and controversy surrounds the presidential election which is only days away, but there is one thing we know for sure: No matter who wins, the next President of the United States will be the oldest to take office. .
President Donald Trump set the most recent record when he was sworn in at the age of 70. Now 74, he is only slightly younger than Joe Biden, soon to be 78.
So how healthy is Biden? In good health, according to the latest medical assessment published by Biden’s doctor in December 2019. The report by Kevin O’Connor, DO, associate professor of medicine at George Washington University, called Biden “vigorous” and fit to be successful president.
The information in the assessment indicates that Biden is taking blood thinners and medications for acid reflux, cholesterol, and seasonal allergies.
Biden doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol and exercise 5 days a week, O’Connor said.
In addition to several sinus surgeries, Biden had his gallbladder removed and several non-melanoma skin cancers were removed.
At the time of the exam, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighed 178 pounds and had a blood pressure of 128/84.
O’Connor said that when he first met Biden in 2009, the then vice president had episodic atrial fibrillation, which is when the heart sometimes starts to beat out of beat. But at the time of the assessment, O’Connor said Biden no longer had symptoms of atrial fibrillation.
Medical professionals say gauging Biden’s chronological age isn’t the best way to tell if he should be president.
“An older adult who has an active lifestyle and is constantly challenged cognitively can perform these functions,” says Richard Dupee, MD, chief of geriatrics at Tufts Medical Center. “Someone 95 years old might remember someone decades younger.”
Although Biden has said he would serve only one term if elected, he is healthy enough to likely survive even a second term, according to an academic article published by the American Federation for Research on aging. Biden has a 79% chance of living a first term and a 70% chance of surviving a second term, the newspaper said.
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