Democrat Joe Biden is “healthy” despite being the oldest presidential nominee and one of the oldest candidates in U.S. history, according to medical records that were released on Sunday.
Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, described him as having an “irregularly irregular” heartbeat and that he was on medication for high cholesterol but said he was otherwise in good health—and good enough health to be the president.
“Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief,” O’Connor said via Politico.
“This patient has never required any medication or electrical treatments to address either his rate or his rhythm,” he continued, saying Biden had “no signs of heart failure” but that his “heart demonstrates a regular pulse rate and characteristically ‘irregularly irregular’ rhythm.”
“He has no known medication allergies,” the medical records indicated via the report. “He does not use any tobacco products, does not drink alcohol at all, and he works out at least five days per week.”
Questions about age and health have dogged Biden on the campaign trail. He is one of four candidates in their 70s; another is Bernie Sanders, who recently suffered a heart attack. Biden had said he would release his medical records before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. Releasing the records now gives Biden something concrete to reference should questions arise at Thursday’s debate.
In all, Biden has four health issues: irregular heartbeat, high concentrations of fat in the blood, acid reflux and seasonal allergies. To treat them, Biden “takes three common prescription medications [Eliquis, Crestor, and Dymista] and two common over-the-counter medications [Nexium and Allegra],” the doctor wrote.
Biden’s age, especially during an ongoing global pandemic, and his troubling medical history has been an issue for some voters.
Politico reports Biden had surgery following a pair of brain aneurysms in 1988—the first time he ran for the presidency—but has not suffered a similar incident since that time.
From the report:
Biden’s biggest medical scare was two aneurysms discovered and treated in 1988. “He has never had any recurrences of any aneurysms,” the doctor wrote, adding that a “2014 CT angiogram showed no recurrence.”
In a prior story about Biden’s health, medical experts told POLITICO he was healthy and — along with the other candidates in their 70s — could be considered a “superager” whose physical and mental health is above average.
Dr. Neal Kassell, who performed the aneurysm surgery on Biden three decades ago, told POLITICO in August that Biden “is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago.”
“I haven’t seen any change,” he added.
Should Biden win, he would enter office as the oldest person in U.S. history.