Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent did not agree with President Trump's clean bill of health released by Dr. Ronny Jackson earlier this week and disputed that according to the medical report, the president showed signs of a common heart disease. The CNN doctor was ridiculed across social media for his remarks.
On Wednesday, the neurosurgeon claimed, "The President has heart disease" and that he needs to follow a medical plan to prevent a coronary problem in the future. It is also to be duly noted that Dr. Gupta has never personally examined Trump.
“This is math. This is based on the numbers that Dr. Jackson provided,” Gupta said. “The president has heart disease.”
The doctor says that the calcium levels in President Trump's blood vessels have majorly increased since his past examination in 2009. The coronary calcium score in the report released by the White House seemingly shows that he has crossed the threshold of being at risk of a myocardial infarction.
The doctor who examined Trump, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson is a Rear Admiral in the navy and had been assigned to the White House back in 2006. He has previously served as a physician for the White House in the Obama administration. During a press briefing on Tuesday, the doctor determined that Trump is in exceptional physical and cognitive health and does not have any form of heart disease.
Gupta also asserted that if Trump does not take more cholesterol medication and lead a better lifestyle, he stands a "moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years."
The Washington Examiner reported that Jackson told Dr. Gupta, “No, he does not have heart disease. I think he had great findings across the board, but the one that stands out more than anything to me is his cardiac health. His cardiac health is excellent.”
On CNN, Dr. Gupta disagreed with Dr. Jackson's diagnosis and said:
“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."
Dr. Gupta also wrote an article on CNN's website to back his on-air report.
“Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes,” he wrote.
A White House official pushed back against Dr. Gupta, saying, “The question was asked and answered very clearly. Perhaps Dr. Gupta should take the cognitive exam?”
Press Secretary to the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to Dr. Gupta's concerns by saying that Dr. Jackson is “the only credible source when it comes to diagnosing any health concerns” of the president.
She said, "We support what he said yesterday 100%, that the President is in excellent health."
Gupta has previously received criticism for denouncing medical marijuana and then changing his stance on the same in 2013. He appeared at the White House briefing room on Tuesday and directly spoke with Dr. Jackson regarding the medical report.
According to The Hill, Gupta said, "It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson. At first he said he passed all the tests with flying colors. When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the President does have heart disease."
Lydia Polgreen, Editor for Huffpost, wrote, “I’m not a doctor but this seems like a stretch?”
Guy Benson, political editor for Townhall, said, "The respected doctor who actually examined Trump says otherwise. This seems reckless and unethical." Also, Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold asked, “What else did former Hillary Clinton advisor Sanjay Gupta say?"
Another twitter user joked, “Sanjay Gupta makes a last minute submission for the Fake News Awards.”
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