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Records show McCain’s health ‘excellent’
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•He weighs 163 pounds, and stands 5-foot-9.
•His BMI, or body mass index, was just under 24, which puts him at the upper end of normal; 25 or higher is overweight.
•He has had four separate melanomas removed, in 1993, 2000 and 2002. Most were very early stage forms but one, a spot on his temple in 2000, was invasive cancer deemed “intermediate-stage” melanoma. He has had no sign of melanoma since 2002, but has his skin checked every three or four months. Doctors frequently remove precancerous lesions and in February removed a small, early squamous cell carcinoma, an easily surgically cured skin cancer.
•Doctors removed common benign growths called polyps during a routine colonoscopy in March. Doctors often screen patients with polyps more frequently, as they can be precancerous.
•In 2001, he had successful minimally invasive surgery to reduce an enlarged prostate, common in older men, and shows no sign of prostate cancer.
Medications, heart and vertigo
•His medications include simvastatin, part of the popular statin family of anti-cholesterol drugs; a baby aspirin, commonly prescribed starting in middle age to prevent heart attacks; Claritin, Zyrtec or Flonase as needed for seasonal allergies; the sleeping pill Ambien as needed during travel; and HCTZ, or hydrochlorothiazide, to prevent kidney stones.
•Mr. McCain’s stress test showed no signs of blockages, and his ejection fraction, a measure of the heart’s pumping strength, was a very healthy 60 percent.
•He has suffered occasional bouts of dizziness, usually when standing suddenly, since 2000 that repeated tests concluded were harmless vertigo.
SOURCE: Associated Press
By Robert N. Tracci
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