President Trump has common form of heart disease

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"All clinical data indicates that the president is now very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency. the presidents overall health is excellent", said Jackson. "I can tell you explicitly they are wrong", the Illinois Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper in an exclusive sit-down interview. He said he hadn't initially planned to administer the screening for neurological impairments, but did so at Trump's asking.

Jackson said he's confident that Trump has a "very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no serious medical issues".

The physician also addressed reports that Trump slept about four to five hours a night.

It was during his time in Iraq that Jackson was chosen as a White House physician and returned to the USA in 2006.

But Senator Dick Durbin said the accusations were true and that Trump had used a language "full of hate, vile and racist" during the meeting.

He said that despite his good health, he spoke with the president about losing 10-15 pounds through diet and exercise.

But he noted that the president, who is 71 years old, stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 239 pounds, could use a bit more dieting and exercise.

Gupta said dating back to 2009, Trump started to have "these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart". Jackson said he didn't feel the test was necessary. Also concerning are Trump's total cholesterol levels and his LDL ("bad" cholesterol), as both increased significantly over the previous year, despite being on a statin drug known as Crestor or Rosuvastatin.




"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part", he joked.

Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening, Jackson said.

The hashtag was presumably inspired by Trump's infamous "birther movement", in which he called for former President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate. "He has incredible genes".

Trump's cognitive assessment came at the president's request, Jackson told White House reporters during a televised briefing.

But there's one form of physical activity with which Trump is closely associated: golf.

The results have come under a high level of scrutiny since the publication of controversial book, Fire and Fury: Inside Trump's White House, raised questions about Trump's mental health and fitness for office. Trump further inflamed the debate earlier this month when he lashed out at his detractors on Twitter and claimed he is a "very stable genius" while touting his accomplishments. As the President's physician, Jackson travels with Trump on almost all of his trips and works in close proximity to Trump on a daily basis. Dr Jackson said he increased Trump's dose of a medicine to control cholesterol, AstraZeneca PLC's Crestor, and he said Trump takes daily aspirin, a multivitamin and hair-loss drug Propecia.

The President himself decided what to make public from his exam, in accordance with medical privacy rules.

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