Here's What Doctor Had to Say After Trump's Physical

'Excellent health'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2018 7:19 PM CST
President Donald Trump shakes hands with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson as he boards Marine One while leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018,...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump's White House physician declared him in "excellent health" after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, the AP reports. Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the physical examination "went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday." Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility for the checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend. The fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers, and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.

The examination lasted several hours and measured things like Trump's blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate, and weight. The White House did not provide specific results of those tests. Jackson, who also provided care for President Obama and became a White House physician in 2006, is expected to provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters. But conclusions about Trump's mental acuity were not expected. The White House said Trump would not undergo a psychiatric exam. Officials did not address a different type of screening: assessments of cognitive status that examine neurologic functions including memory. Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors.

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