Doc says Obama's in "excellent health"

The Obama campaign has released a letter from the senator's doctor summarizing his medical history.

By Alex Koppelman
May 29, 2008 8:42PM (UTC)
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Last week, John McCain's campaign released some of his medical records. This week, it was Barack Obama's turn. His campaign has just sent out a letter from Obama's doctor that says the senator "is in [the] overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."

The doctor, David L. Scheiner, is a general internist who's on staff at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Rush University Medical Center. He has been Obama's primary-care physician since 1987. In the letter, Scheiner lays out more details about Obama's health, writing:

Senator Obama has been in excellent health. He has been seen regularly for medical checkups and various minor problems such as upper respiratory infections, skin rashes and minor injuries.

His family history is pertinent for his mother’s death from ovarian cancer and [a] grandfather who died of prostate cancer. His own history included intermittent cigarette smoking. He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success.

Senator Obama's last medical checkup was on January 15, 2007; he had no complaints ... His physical examination was completely normal.

Laboratory studies included triglycerides of 44 (normal under 150), cholesterol 173 (normal under 200), HDL 68 (normal over 40), and LDL 96 (normal under 130). Chem 24, urinalysis and CBC were normal, PSA was 0.6, very good. An EKG was normal.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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