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    What’s in a President’s Physical?

    Ever wonder what a presidential physical consists of? Here are the results of Bush's August 2007 physical.
    By Sherry Rauh
    WebMD Health News
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    A president's physical is probably a lot like the exam you get if you schedule a yearly checkup. But the commander in chief is treated to a few extra tests, like hearing and visual tests. For the specifics, WebMD reviewed a summary of President George W. Bush's most recent physical, dated Aug. 7, 2007. The President's exam included the following:

    Review of Medical History

    Review of Social History

    • Tobacco: An occasional cigar
    • Alcohol: None
    • Caffeine: Diet sodas and coffee
    • Exercise: The President exercises six times per week. Workouts include cycling, elliptical trainer, resistance training, and flexibility exercises.


    • The President takes a daily multivitamin.

    Vital Statistics

    • Age: 61
    • Height: 71.5 inches or 5 feet 11 1/2 inches (without shoes)
    • Temperature: 97.8 F
    • Weight: 192 pounds
    • Body fat: 16.6%
    • Resting heart rate: 52 bpm
    • Resting blood pressure: 117/71


    o Total cholesterol: 170

    o HDL: 52

    o LDL: 106

    o Triglycerides: 61


    • Abdominal exam normal.
    • Colonoscopy last performed in July 2007.


    • Skin lesions consistent with solar damage.
    • Sun-protection measures recommended.

    Ears, Nose, Throat, Eyes

    • Visual exam of ear, nose, and throat found fluid in the ear and signs of sinusitis.
    • Audiogram confirmed high-frequency hearing loss consistent with age.
    • Eye exam:
      • Distant vision 20/20.
      • Corrected near vision 20/20. (The president uses reading glasses.)
      • Eye pressure normal.

    Other Systems

    • Neurologic exam normal.
    • Pulmonary exam normal.
    • Genitourinary exam normal.
    • Musculoskeletal survey normal.


    Routine lab tests, including thyroid function and PSA (prostate cancer screening), were normal.

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