Republican VP candidate Pence in
'excellent' health: doctor
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[September 19, 2016]
(Reuters) - U.S. Republican vice
presidential candidate Mike Pence released a letter from his doctor on
Saturday declaring Donald Trump's running mate was in "excellent"
"You are medically able to maintain your high level of professional work
and your physical activity programs without limitations," wrote Michael
Busk of the St. Vincent Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Institute
Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has released a note from
his doctor saying that he, too, was in "excellent" health. Hillary
Clinton, the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 8 presidential election,
and her running mate, Tim Kaine, also released medical information this
The candidates moved to show their physical fitness to run for office
after Clinton fell ill on Sunday at an event in New York City, prompting
her campaign to disclose that she had been diagnosed with
non-contagious, bacterial pneumonia.
Busk said in the letter dated Thursday that he last examined Pence, who
is the governor of Indiana, in July and has been his doctor since 2013.
Pence exercises four days a week, mainly by biking, and takes no
medications except for seasonal allergies. He had hernia repair surgery
in 2015 and had basal cell carcinomas, a common form of skin cancer,
removed in 2002 and 2010, the letter said.
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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence holds a joint news
conference with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (not pictured)
following a House Republican party conference meeting in Washington,
U.S. September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Pence's father died of a heart attack, the letter said. But it said
his father smoked cigarettes, while Pence neither smokes nor drinks
alcohol. Pence's cardiologists feel he has a "very good and strong
heart," the letter said.
(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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