Doctor declares Bush fit after five-hour exam

March 28, 1991

BETHESDA (AP) -- President Bush's doctor declared him in excellent health yesterday after putting him through five hours of tests during his annual physical examination.

"Perfect health. Feeling good," a chipper-looking Mr.Bush told reporters as he emerged from Bethesda Naval Hospital."It went very well."

His battery of tests included monitoring the early symptoms of glaucoma that doctors found last year. "His condition remains stable. No treatment appears to be indicated at the present time," the White House said in a statement later.

"The president continues in excellent health," his personal physician, Dr. Burton Lee, was quoted as saying. "There were no surprises at the physical exam. He remains an extraordinarily vigorous man who continues to thrive on a great deal of physical activity and a rigorous, demanding work schedule."

Asked why his checkup took so long, the president quipped, "Lack of desire to go back to work." And he said he had stayed for a lobster lunch.

He said his wife, Barbara, had a checkup Tuesday, and she also "got a good, clean bill of health."

He said Mrs. Bush still suffers from Graves' disease, the immune system disorder that affected her thyroid and her vision, "but it's much better than you would have expected."

The White House said Mr. Bush's tests results showed: normal chest X-rays; mild degenerative osteoarthritis in hips and neck X-rays; normal electrocardiogram and stress tests; no abnormalities in the urinalysis; normal urologic exam, colonoscopy within the normal limits; normal blood and cholesterol tests.

It said he had no significant problem in his dermatology exam and "minimal" allergy problems.

In addition, Mr. Bush said when asked about his weight, "Weight's all right. Under control." He appears to have gained a few pounds during his presidency and sometimes complains of wanting to lose 3 or 4 pounds.

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