HARRISBURG, PA (AP) – Dr. Mehmet OzPennsylvania, the Republican candidate for the US Senate, released his health records as he maneuvered to hold back questions about Democratic challenger Jon Fetterman’s recovery. of a front and center blow in the hotly contested campaign.
New York City-based Dr. Rebecca Court wrote in a four-page letter obtained by The Associated Press that she found the 62-year-old cardiac surgeon-turned-television star of “excellent health” at an annual checkup Thursday.
The letter indicated that OZ had “high” total cholesterol but was unchanged and indicated a hyperplastic lesion – growth of cells that can become cancerous – that was removed from the colon in 2011. Electrocardiogram – a test that records electrical signals in the heart in order to detect About heart problems – on Thursday he was discharged normally.
“Your examination is healthy, and the blood tests are favorable,” Kurth wrote. She did not recommend any medication.
The release of health records comes as Oz tries to fill a gap in opinion polls and increases Fitterman’s fitness to serve a central theme in his campaign.
Fetterman, 53, has been silent about releasing medical records or giving journalists access to question his doctors, more than four months after suffering a stroke in May that had lingering effects on his speech and hearing..
Fetterman’s campaign did not immediately comment Friday.
The race on the presidential battlefield to replace retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey could help determine control of the closely divided Senate, and Democrats see it as perhaps their best chance for a seat among a few close races nationwide.
While it is customary for presidential candidates to publish health records, there is no such custom in races for the US Senate. Some US senators, in the past, have published medical records when they run for president.
In a statement, Oz said he was releasing his medical records for the sake of transparency and that “voters should have complete transparency when it comes to the health status of candidates for office.”
Oz, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, also questioned Fetterman’s credibility in disclosing the lingering effects of his strokes.
Fetterman, the state’s deputy governor, stresses that doctors expect him to make a full recovery from the stroke and that he improve quickly, be cognitively unaffected and maintain the healthiest habits of his life.
Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13, four days before he easily won the Democratic primary. His victory came hours after he underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. Three Weeks After Stroke, Fetterman Revealed He “Almost Died” He released a statement to his cardiologist revealing that he had a serious and potentially fatal heart condition.
Fetterman campaigned and spoke at public events but avoided reporters, speaking hesitantly at times, tossing a word now and then and struggling to hear background noise and quickly process what he heard. He recently agreed to one argument against Ozto be held on October 25, although Oz lobbied for more.
Publicly, top Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have sought to calm party nerves About Fetterman’s condition, saying that they spoke to him and were confident in his ability to serve.
However, Fetterman has given reporters limited access to question him directly, having given only a few interviews since the stroke, all via video with closed captions to assist him with audio processing.
In a 2016 Senate contest in Illinois, Democrat Tammy Duckworth released years of medical records amid questions about the fitness of US Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012.
Kirk was still suffering from the effects of a stroke four years later and, like Fetterman, did not provide access to his doctors or medical records. However, Duckworth said during a debate that she believes Kirk can do the job but “the problem is he doesn’t.”
Late in the race, Kirk’s campaign released a one-page letter from a therapist saying the senator had “complete cognitive recovery” while still speaking hesitantly, dealing with limited use of his left leg and inability to use his left arm, the Chicago Tribune reported in that time.
Kirk ended up losing his reelection bid.
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