- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign has released a summary from the Illinois senator’s doctor that claims the Democratic presidential candidate is in “excellent health.”

The letter from Dr. David L. Scheiner of Chicago follows presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain’s release last week of his health records showing him to be in great condition for his age.

“Senator Barack Obama is in overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the office of president,” the doctor wrote in a letter released by the campaign.

Dr. Scheiner said he has been Mr. Obama’s primary care physician since 1987, and gave an assessment of good health after 21 years of treating him. The senator’s last checkup was Jan. 15, 2007, right before he announced he would seek his party’s presidential nomination.

Mr. Obama, 46, smoked for many years but quit early in his presidential bid. The doctor notes he is “currently using Nicorette gum with success.”

During that period of time, Senator Obama has been in excellent health. He has been seen regularly for medical checkups and various minor problems such as upper respiratory infections, skin rashes and minor injuries.

“His family history is pertinent for his mother’s death from ovarian cancer and grandfather who died of prostate cancer,” the doctor concluded, also citing Mr. Obama’s frequent exercise habits.

Mr. Obama’s blood pressure was 90/60 and pulse 60 beats per minute, his doctor said, noting the senator has “no excess body fat.”

His cholesterol levels were all normal — triglycerides of 44, cholesterol of 173, HDL or good cholesterol of 68 and LDL or bad cholesterol of 96.

The doctor’s letter also notes, “Chem 24, urinalysis and CBC were normal, PSA was 0.6, very good. An EKG was normal.”

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