Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, released a letter from his doctor Saturday saying he is in “excellent general and cardiovascular health.”
The one-and-a-half page letter released by the campaign is more detailed than the note Trump released from his doctor earlier this week. It says that Pence, the 57-year-old Republican Indiana governor, has had three surgeries: one for a hernia repair in August 2015 and two to remove basal cell carcinomas of the face in 2002 and 2010.
Pence’s medical history includes an “asymptomatic left bundle branch,” which is a cardiovascular condition.
“Review of your family history is remarkable only for your father passing away from a myocardial infarction; however, he did smoke cigarettes,” writes Michael F. Busk, of the St. Vincent Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Institute in Indianapolis. Busk says he has cared for Pence since 2013.
Pence is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 208 pounds, according to his most recent physical, which was conducted in July. That gives him a body mass index calculation of 29.8, which makes him overweight.
His blood pressure during his physical was 116/81.
Pence’s total cholesterol level is 216, with triglycerides at 57, HDL at 55 and LDL at 150. The National Institutes of Health says total cholesterol levels of less than 200 are desirable.
The governor takes Claritin for seasonal allergies. The letter says he has never smoked cigarettes and does not drink alcohol.
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