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
- Born July 6, 1946, the president is 61 years old.
- No history of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, tuberculosis, or sexually transmitted disease.
- History of localized Lyme disease -- treated and resolved.
- History of seasonal allergies -- managed with seasonal corticosteroid nasal spray.
- History of activity-related injuries -- no impact on current duties.
- The president's immunizations are current.
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.
- 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
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed sinus bradycardia, a decreased heart rate consistent with previous exams and aerobic conditioning.
- Exercise treadmill testing yielded a maximum heart rate of 184 bpm.
- Stress echocardiogram normal.
- 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.
- 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.