WASHINGTON, DC – Joe Biden is "healthy, vigorous" and "fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency," according to a doctor's report released Tuesday by the 77-year-old former vice president.
Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who has been Biden's primary care physician since 2009, writes in a three-page note that the Democratic presidential candidate is in overall good shape — he’s trim, exercises and keeps his cholesterol at healthy levels with the use of a statin medication.
Since 2003, Biden has had what’s called atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat that’s potentially serious but treatable. O’Connor cited a list of tests that show the candidate’s heart is functioning normally and his only needed care is a blood thinner to prevent the most worrisome risk, blood clots or stroke.
Another Democratic candidate, Michael Bloomberg, has the same kind of irregular heartbeat, according to records released last week.
Biden had a brush with death in 1988, requiring surgery to repair two brain aneurysms -- weak bulges in arteries, one of them leaking. Biden has never had a recurrence, his doctor said, citing a specific test in 2014 that examined his arteries.
O’Connor’s letter cited only a few other minor ailments. Biden takes medications, as needed, for seasonal allergies and occasional reflux, or heartburn. He has had several small, non-melanoma skin cancers removed over the years. Preventive screenings, including colonoscopies, show no signs of trouble.
Biden is the third Democratic presidential candidate to release his medical records. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 70, released a doctor's note earlier this month that said she is in "excellent health." A letter from Bloomberg's physician said the 77-year-old New York billionaire was in “outstanding health.”
Bernie Sanders, the oldest candidate in the field at 78 years old, said that he'd release his records "probably by the end of the year." He suffered a heart attack in October that took him off the campaign trail for a few days.