In an attempt to silence thoughts that he might not be physically up the task, primarily due to his age and previous health conditions, former Vice President Joe Biden has just released a letter approved by his physician stating that he is good health.
Essentially the three-page letter is a summary of his current and past health conditions that have been signed off on by the director of executive medicine at the GW Medical Faculty Associates Kevin C. O’Connor. O’Connor stated that Biden is a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”
The last summary of Biden’s health was released in 2008 when the Obama-Biden campaign released 49 pages of their combined health records.
Within the document is proof that the former veep suffers from gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies. Well, that’s not so bad. Millions of perfectly healthy people experience allergies and acid reflux. Not so typical is the mention of previous brain aneurysms. Now, this is not new knowledge by any means, as these happened during his last time in the White House. Furthermore, a CT scan was completed in 2014, sometime after these aneurysms, that showed no recurrence.
However, the only other thing to be noted in the letter was the fact that Biden has been receiving treatment for an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation. As a form of heart disease which can cause blood clots, this is quite a serious condition and not one to be taken lightly. It was noted that Biden has not been hospitalized or given specific treatment for this besides being put on a blood thinner.
What is interesting is that this medical information was not included in the last health records provided about Joe Biden. Why wouldn’t it have been? According to this newest record, his irregular heartbeat was found in a regular checkup in 2003, shortly before his gallbladder was removed.
But according to O’Connor, it doesn’t matter.
“Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief.”
And yet a heart condition would seem to be something a man taking on that kind of responsibility should be a bit worried about. Then again, I am not a doctor so what do I know?
Biden, who is nearly six feet tall and 178 pounds, seems to be in reasonably good health otherwise. His blood pressure is 128/84 and his cholesterol is at 126. And according to these records, he doesn’t partake in tobacco or alcohol. Plus, he works out five days a week.
I do have to admit, I don’t know a whole lot of men or women in their late seventies who work out once a week, let alone five times. So I’d have to say that it is an excellent health sign. And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Stuart Jay Olshansky from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who teaches public health, says this is an excellent sign.
According to an interview with the Washington Post, he said, “The most important thing that I saw on there, once you get into your 70s, the one signal that is the strongest of all, that tells you someone is exceptional, is their ability to work out on a regular basis.” And he continued, “Working out at least five days a week for someone his age if that’s indeed true, is remarkable.”
If it is indeed true, he could be lying, or at the very least, exaggerating about this fact. Then again, maybe he isn’t. After all, he has been known to brag about his “remarkable” health and has even challenged others to physical duals before. Remember when he called one Iowa resident fat and dared him to a push-up and wrestling match?
However, that calls into question the one thing that wasn’t mentioned in the report: his mental health.
He isn’t actually known for his eloquence or ability to speak and convey messages very well. And only God could count the innumerable times he as misspoken, seemed to be confused, or just plain lost his train of thought.
Olshansky says that cognitive tests are usually not required unless there seems to be a problem. Well, as far as we are concerned, there are problems and lots of them. If you can’t remember you are no longer the VP, there’s a problem.