Dec 12, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Michael Bloomberg in "outstanding health," according to doctor

Michael Bloomberg.

Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images.

Michael Bloomberg's annual physical exam found that he is in "outstanding health," according to a letter from Bloomberg's doctor released by his campaign Thursday.

Why it matters: Bloomberg, 77, is the second-oldest contender for the Democratic nomination behind the 78-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack in October. Age and mental acuity have risen to the forefront of campaign issues in a race dominated by septuagenarians.

Details: Bloomberg underwent a coronary stent placement for a blocked artery in 2000, and his doctor reports that he has undergone routine cardiac stress testing since then.

  • In 2018, Bloomberg developed atrial fibrillation — a form of irregular heartbeat — for which he now takes a blood thinner. Bloomberg also takes medicine to control his cholesterol, in addition to a beta-blocker.
  • Bloomberg's doctors says he has also had "small skin cancers removed, and is treated for arthritis and heartburn, both of which are well controlled."
  • The letter also notes that Bloomberg "exercises several times a week and plays golf avidly."

Read the letter.

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