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.

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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.

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on March 07, 2008



"Medical History Summary: President George W. Bush," Aug. 7, 2007, the White House.

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