(CNN) President Donald Trump, the oldest President elected in US history at the age of 70, underwent his first presidential physical last January.
As part of last year’s physical Trump requested then-White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson to do something quite unusual, He asked him to administer a cognitive exam.
Jackson, who was also the physician to President Barack Obama, said it was the first time he was aware of any president taking any sort of cognitive test.
Whether it will be administered again this year, Jackson said, at the time, would be up to the President.
Dr. William Lukash, President Gerald Ford’s physician, was known to address the press about the results of the exam, but traditionally results of the commander in chief’s physical are released as a document to the press.
As both a reporter and a physician I don’t ever recall covering a press conference where the president’s physical exam was discussed.
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Both Jackson and the President’s previous physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, reported Trump had already been taking a low dose statin for several years to help lower his cholesterol.
During last year’s press conference, Jackson said he had recently increased the President’s daily statin dose of 10mg of Rosuvastatin, commonly sold as Crestor, but did not say by how much or how often.
Upon questioning, Jackson told reporters the President had undergone the heart scan and scored 133 on the test.
Jackson effusively added, “I told the President that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.”
As of last year, Dr. Sean Conley took over for Jackson as head of the White House Medical unit overseeing a medical team that see and treat the president.
Jackson had been enthusiastic to return to the podium to share this year’s upcoming physical and lab results, but it’s not clear if Conley, or anyone from the White House, will be doing the same this year.
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