Warren Is First of 70-Something Candidates Out With Medical Report

Candidate in 'excellent health,' says doctor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2019 2:50 PM CST
Warren Is First of 70-Something Candidates Out With Medical Report
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a campaign stop last month in New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Elizabeth Warren "is in excellent health," according to a doctor's report released by the Massachusetts senator on Friday, becoming the first in a trio of top Democratic presidential candidates over 70 to make their medical records public. Warren's last physical was in January and was conducted by Dr. Beverly Woo, who said she has been the candidate's primary care physician since 1999. Woo wrote in a letter dated this week that Warren's "only medical condition" is an underactive thyroid gland easily treated by medication, the only kind she takes, per the AP. The senator, 70, had a flu shot in October, and a routine mammogram in January found no sign of trouble. At 5 feet, 8 inches, she weighs 129 pounds, exercises regularly and follows a healthy diet, the doctor wrote. She has never smoked, misused drugs or had a problem with alcohol.

Woo said Warren’s checkup found no red flags. In fact, her blood pressure was lower than usual for someone her age—115 over 57—and her heart rate was 70, levels seen in people who exercise regularly. "If I were seeing a 70-year-old woman in my clinic with these vital signs, physical exam, and lab values, I would tell her that she is quite healthy for her age," said Dr. Brian Antono, a family medicine specialist at Georgetown University who reviewed the information. Joe Biden, 77, and Bernie Sanders, 78, have promised to release their medical records before the Iowa caucuses in February, per Politico. (Bernie Sanders bounced back after a heart attack.)

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