Biden temporarily transfers powers to Harris

RP | Published: 9:50 PM Nov 19 2021
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President Joe Biden arrived Friday morning at Walter Reed Medical Center to undergo a routine annual physical -- his first physical in office as the oldest first-term president in US history. 

Biden will receive a routine colonoscopy Friday while at Walter Reed. 

The process, which requires anesthesia, means that he will temporarily transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris, who will become the first woman to assume presidential power. 

The last extensive update on Biden's medical state came in December 2019, when the doctor he eventually recruited to serve as White House physician described him as "a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency." 

Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, hasn't released a full report on his health since. 

Biden is not behind in releasing medical information compared to his recent predecessors, who waited a full year before undergoing a physical and authorizing details to be released publicly. 

The latest update on Biden's health came after he, then-president-elect, fractured his foot in November while playing with his dog. In February, Biden's physician said the foot fractures "are completely healed." 

Presidents are not required to publicly disclose results of their annual check-ups but have done so to be transparent and assure the American people in the face of questions about their state of health. 

Presidents, however, have also hidden their illnesses, the severity of their illness, or medical treatments. Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Biden's primary care doctor since 2009 and the White House physician, wrote the three-page medical summary Biden's presidential campaign released nearly two years ago. 

The 2019 summary showed Biden was being treated for non-valvular atrial fibrillation, or AFib -- an irregular heartbeat that O'Connor said Biden experiences no symptoms of. 

He was taking Crestor to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as Eliquis to prevent blood clots, Nexium for acid reflux, and Allegra and a nasal spray for seasonal allergies. 

The most significant medical event in Biden's history, O'Connor wrote, was when Biden suffered a brain aneurysm in 1988. He was serving in the Senate at the time. During surgery, doctors found a second aneurysm that had not bled, which they also treated. 

While in the hospital after that surgery, Biden suffered deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism. 

Doctors at the time inserted an "inferior vena cava filter," which would prevent future blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs and treated him with an oral anti-coagulant for several months. 

Biden also had his gallbladder removed in 2003, and according to O'Connor he has had multiple surgeries and physical treatments for orthopedic injuries and sports medicine. 

Biden also has had several non-melanoma skin cancer lesions surgically removed.

(Source : CNN News)

RP | Published: 9:50 PM Nov 19 2021

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