November 19, 2021 – President Joe Biden is in “good spirits” after his trip to Walter Reed Hospital today for his first annual physical exam and routine colonoscopy as commander-in-chief, according to the spokesperson for the White House, Jen Psaki.
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure in which doctors examine your large intestine (colon) and rectum.
A flexible tube with a small camera on the end is inserted inside your rectum, so doctors can check for signs of colon cancer, bleeding, or any other abnormalities.
Because Biden was under anesthesia – a treatment that makes you drowsy and keeps you from feeling pain – he temporarily transferred presidential power to Vice President Kamala Harris, making her the first woman in the history of the United States. United States to serve as interim president, but only for about 90 minutes.
The 25the The amendment to the Constitution allows this transfer of power when a president is unable to perform his duties. These powers are then transferred to the Vice-President, until the President certifies in writing that he can once again fully resume his functions.
Biden, who turns 79 tomorrow, is the oldest president in U.S. history.
His health has been a hot topic of conversation since he announced he was running for office.
In 2019, Kevin O’Connor, DO, White House physician and Biden’s personal physician for more than a decade, released a paper with details of Biden’s health.
The report said Biden took the drug Eliquis to help prevent blood clots, Crestor to lower his triglycerides and cholesterol, Nexium for acid reflux, Allegra for allergies and a nasal spray.
The document also stated that the president was undergoing treatment for atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat.
But O’Conner said that on the whole, then-presidential candidate Biden was “a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old man fit to successfully perform the duties of the presidency.”
Biden has had serious health problems in the past, including a brain aneurysm when he was a United States Senator in 1988.
Other procedures in Biden’s medical history include the removal of the gallbladder in 2003, various surgeries for bone damage, and the removal of non-melanoma skin cancers.
Biden is still scheduled to attend the annual White House Turkey Pardon Ceremony in the Rose Garden today.
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