The media is already trying to take a victory lap after Biden’s physical.
The result stated that Biden was fit to lead the nation.
The White House on Friday released a copy of results from President Biden’s first physical exam, which claims he is fit to lead the nation and highlights observations including his “stiffened” walking pattern.
Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, was evaluated for his first physical since taking office by White House physician Kevin O’Connor. According to O’Connor’s examination, Biden “remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”
While O’Connor did not report any vital health concerns regarding the president, the results of his exam noted that Biden’s current medical considerations include “a-fib with normal ventricular response, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux, seasonal allergies, spinal arthritis and mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of both feet.”
O’Connor, who has served as Biden’s doctor since 2009, noted two observations in Biden that have changed over recent time, including the frequent clearing of his throat and a stiffened gait. He also highlighted the discovery of “mild peripheral neuropathy” in Biden’s foot, but a cause could not be determined.
However, this does not seem to be the whole story.
The report did not include a cognitive exam.
In fact, Dr. Marc Siegel pointed out that more questions need to be answered regarding Biden’s health.
O’Connor’s report did not include a cognitive exam of the president, as several of his critics have said should be done. Siegel suggested that other tests to evaluate Biden’s health could “rule out” things that could potentially be associated with cognitive decline.
“If we’re looking into neurological causes for the gait change, I don’t think the way they characterize that in the physical is sufficient,” Siegel said. “I want more information. I want to know what the MRIs show, and I want to know what the nerve conduction EMG shows to rule out things that are more extensive, that by the way, can be associated with cognitive changes like mental status, like dementia.”
“This is not a fully characterized neurological assessment of somebody with a gait problem, and I want to know why,” Siegel added, noting that normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition relating to fluid on the brain, is a “possibility” for certain medical issues. “That can be associated with cognitive loss.”
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