US President Donald Trump will undergo a medical examination today as questions swirl about his mental and physical fitness.
Answering questions from reporters after an event on prison reform at the White House, Trump said with a smile, "It better go well, otherwise the stock market will not be happy".
President Barack Obama walks with his physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, second from right, after visiting with troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on November 29, 2016.
That is not just because of the traditional physician-patient privilege that applies to the president as to every other United States citizen, but also because of medical laws like the Privacy Rule which protects patients' personal health information. Earlier information about Trump's health came from his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who famously declared in 2015 that Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".
Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement combining height and weight.
Trump takes Crestor for his cholesterol, a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention, Propecia to treat male-pattern baldness and antibiotics for rosacea. Although Axios reported this week that Trump has scaled back his work schedule, staffers insist the president is still full of energy. The doctor's 2016 letter said Trump's testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid.
Having said that, Trump, in this case, is in keeping with prior precedent, as all presidents since Ronald Reagan have scheduled physicals while in office and released the results to the public.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says a readout of the exam will be made publicly available soon after the exam is done.
Absent such an health assessment, "the American people will not have a clear understanding about the health and well-being of the President", the medical experts write.
Unlike previous presidents, Trump does not run or cycle, preferring instead to get his exercise on the golf course.
Jackson, Trump's physician, is a Navy rear admiral who was the emergency medicine doctor for a shock trauma platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to his Navy bio.
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