Obama's Health 'Excellent': Docs

Dem still at risk despite quitting smoking in '07; family history of cancer also an issue
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2008 2:16 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., campaigns in Waukee, Iowa, Sept. 4, 2007.   (AP Photo/Steve Pope, File)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is in “excellent health,” his doctor of two decades wrote today, declaring the Democratic frontrunner “in overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the office of president.” Obama, 46, still faces risk factors from smoking, which he quit last year, and has a family history of cancer, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Tribune also notes that John McCain smoked for 25 years, quitting in 1980. Obama has seen the doctor over the years for upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, and “minor injuries.” He has a resting pulse of 60 beats per minute, a reflection of good exercise. To quote the memo, “His build was lean and muscular with no excess body fat.”