Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN’s chief medical correspondent – had some tough questions for Dr. Ronny Jackson during the press conference about Trump’s results from his medical exam back in January. Gupta asked if being borderline obese and being on cholesterol medication could be classified as being healthy. Dr. Jackson basically said ‘yes’, the president is fine.
However, Dr. Gupta pointed out that he believes, based on test results that he’s seen, that President Trump has heart disease.
Gupta points out that dating back to 2009, Trump started to have “these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart.”
“Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up,” he said.
“When they get to a certain range … that means he has heart disease.”
Gupta then talked about his interaction with Trump’s doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson.
“It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson. At first he said he passed all the tests with flying colors,” Gupta said. “When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.” (source)
“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.”
Gupta says the disease is controllable with medications, but also adds that Trump needs to have his diet under control.
“But he does have heart disease,” Dr. Gupta said.