President Trump requested and was given a cognitive exam during his annual physical, according to his physician who said the president’s overall health was “excellent.”
Dr. Ronny Jackson provided detailed information on Trump’s annual physical during a White House press briefing today. While he said the test of mental functions was not “clinically indicated,” he administered the assessment at the president’s request.
“The president did exceedingly well on (the cognitive exam),” the doctor said. “That was not driven at all by any concerns I had. It was driven by the president’s wishes and he did well on it. There’s no indication that he has any kind of cognitive issues.”
Jackson said the president also performed well on his physical exam and “continues to enjoy significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from an abstinence of alcohol and tobacco.”
Other findings include:
The president has a history of elevated cholesterol and takes 10 milligrams of Crestor, a prescription medicine that helps lower LDL cholesterol, daily.
The president takes aspirin for cardiac health, Propecia for prevention of baldness, a medical cream needed for rosacea and a multivitamin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, rosacea is a common skin disease which can make a person appear flushed or red.
The president is 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds. Jackson said he’d like the president to lose 10 to 15 pounds and plans to work with him on an exercise program.
The president’s resting heart rate is 68 and blood pressure is 122/74.
The neurological exam was “all normal” and his cognitive screening exam was normal.
Compared to others his age, Jackson said the president’s cardiac assessment was in the “excellent range.”
The president doesn’t sleep much, averaging about 4.5-5 hours per night, Jackson said.
Trump, 71, was the oldest person elected president. Some lawmakers have questioned Trump’s mental fitness for office following a series of provocative tweets, including one where the president referred to himself as a “stable genius.”