After his first physical since taking control of the White House, Joe Biden’s doctor has identified two health issues.
Biden is the oldest sitting president in U.S. history and many Americans have expressed concerns over his physical and mental health.
The Physician to the President is currently Kevin C. O’Connor, D.O. He conducted Biden’s physical last week.
O’Connor concluded that Biden is fit for duty and able to execute his responsibilities.
At Biden’s request, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki detailing the results of the physical.
O’Connor made two observations he found worthy of mention.
Biden suffers from a pronounced cough, O’Connor notes. The second issue is that Biden’s gait has also grown noticeably stiffer.
“The President has experienced increasing frequency and severity of ‘throat clearing’ and coughing during speaking engagements,” O’Connor wrote.
“He has exhibited such symptoms for as long as I have known him, but they certainly seem to be more frequent and more pronounced over the last few months.”
“It is acknowledged that this perception may be artificially confounded by the undeniable fact that, as President, a much greater attention is directed toward his public engagements as compared to that which he experienced in previous positions.”
“Nevertheless, this symptom is clearly present, and warranted detailed investigation.”
O’Connor concluded that Biden’s throat clearing is attributed to gastroesophageal reflux. Biden is taking acid blockers for reflux.
Regarding Biden’s gait, O’Connor writes, “The President’s ambulatory gait is perceptibly stiffer and less fluid than it was a year or so ago.”
“He has several reasonable explanations for this in his orthopedic history, but again, a detailed investigation was appropriate.”
O’Connor concluded that significant spinal arthritis and “limp and compensation” from a previous foot fracture were to blame for the stiffer gait.
O’Connor says Biden will continue with physical therapy and exercise.
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Here’s the kicker — while O’Connor did consult neurologists, it only seems to have pertained to peripheral neuropathy, i.e. nerve damage, which could have contributed to Biden’s stiff gait, and not, in fact, his cognitive health…
While former White House doctor, now-Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas has noted on multiple occasions that President Biden appears to be suffering cognitive decline, O’Connor, doesn’t appear to have been very concerned at all about the frequent bouts of forgetfulness, short temper and slurred speech that our president displays on a routine basis. Instead, he focused on concerns about the throat clearing and dulled spring in Biden’s step.
Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta was scratching his head as to why this important test was missing.
As The Daily Wire reported, Gupta was asked on air if Biden had undergone any tests that “measured mental acuity,” as his predecessor had.
“It doesn’t seem like it,” Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said. “I read pretty carefully through the doctor’s report, and there was, they mentioned neurological exam, but that was more in terms of testing motor strength and sensation and things like that.”
“President Trump had something known as the Montreal cognitive assessment. It’s sort of a screening test for dementia. And, you know, that there was no mention of that sort of thing here. It is a constant point of discussion.