Much of the world took a double take on Tuesday when a Navy doctor gave Donald Trump a clean bill of health. Now, none other than Dr. Sanjay Gupta is stepping into the arena to clarify that his professional opinion says otherwise. If one considers heart disease to be an indicator of excellent overall health, then sure! Donald Trump is doing great.
Gupta referenced tests that Trump has been having since 2009 that specifically measure the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart. Gupta detected abnormalities in the results:
“Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up.”
“When they get to a certain range…that means he has heart disease.”
Heart disease does not equal excellent health. Neither does Trump’s behavior – from throwing out racist statements; to retweeting anti-Muslim hate videos; to attacking public figures, political opponents, and democratic institutions; to a near-constant stream of psychological projection – all signs indicate that something is very wrong.
The doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, initially said this about Trump’s exam:
“His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.”
Gupta took subtle aim at Jackson, fueling speculation that the results of the exam were covered up or altered in order to soothe public fears that Trump is unfit to serve:
“It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson. At first, he said he passed all tests with flying colors. When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.”
“They’re going to be increasing the medications, including the cholesterol-lowering medications to try and combat that, but there’s no question, by all standards, by all metrics, anyway a doctor or cardiologist will look at it, the president does have heart disease.”
Trump’s heart disease will be controllable with medication and a healthy diet (McDonald’s and KFC aren’t going to cut it).
And let’s hear it from Gupta one more time just to be clear:
“But he does have heart disease.”
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