The personal physician of President Joe Biden released details of his examination of the Commander-in-Chief on Friday where he outlined growing concerns about the President’s increased coughing and stiff walk.
According to Breitbart News the report came from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who has been Biden’s physician for about 13 years, and was appointed by Biden after the President took office in January of 2021.
As part of his report O’Connor noted that Biden had experienced “increasing frequency and severity of ‘throat clearing’ and coughing during speaking engagements” which was of some concern, but he attributed it to his ongoing struggle with “gastroesophageal reflux.”
“My original assessment that gastroesophageal reflux is the source of the President’s throat clearing and coughing is supported by the findings and by expert consultation,” he wrote.
Where the people’s concern about Biden’s coughing was sharply increased, O’Connor said in his report that it may be artificially confounded by the undeniable fact that, as President, a much greater attention is directed toward his public engagements.”
Another concern has been his seemingly deteriorating walk, which his doctor addressed saying of Biden that, “His symptoms are typically exacerbated shortly after meals,” the doctor also wrote, before going on to say that Biden’s walk was “perceptibly stiffer and less fluid.”
Additionally, he said in his report that the President is experiencing “significant spinal arthritis, post-fracture’ limp and compensation’ and a mild sensory peripheral neuropathy of the feet,” which seemed meant to account for the change in gait.
Questions about the President’s health have been prevalent, particularly among conservatives who have constantly questioned the President’s mental acuity, due to a number of garbled speaking engagements and servings of word salad while in front of the cameras.
However, O’Connor attempted to put those concerns to rest, citing “an extremely detailed neurologic exam” of his patient, saying the results were “reassuring” and showed “no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological disorder, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis.”