CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent @drsanjaygupta has analyzed President Trump’s medical exam, concluding the numbers provided by White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson indicate that Trump has heart disease https://t.co/WTj0zYUSvQ pic.twitter.com/7OSf8jAldF
— CNN (@CNN) January 17, 2018
It appears that CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is drawing a different conclusion about President Trump’s health than the White House’s own physician.
During a lengthy press briefing, Dr. Ronny Jackson revealed lots of specifics regarding the president’s physical and mental health, which he determined was “excellent.” However, the CNN chief medical correspondent found Trump’s coronary calcium score alarming, noting Jackson’s data that shows in 2009, it was 34 and in 2018, it’s 133. Any score above 100 is at high risk of a heart attack or heart disease within 3-5 years.
Despite acknowledging that Jackson performed an echocardiogram and stress test and the results were “no cause of concern” over Trump’s heart, Gupta gave his own diagnosis.
“It’s concerning because you can start to say, ‘well if you do nothing different, if things don’t change,’ you can start to predict the likelihood of having some sort of heart event, cardiac event, or heart attack or something like that within a certain number of years. Gupta told Alysin Camerota.
The CNN doctor put extra emphasis on the “trajectory” of Trump’s calcium numbers even though he has been put on medication.
“So the president has heart disease,” Gupta declared. “Those numbers qualify him for having heart disease and it clearly needs a plan to try and prevent some sort of problem down the road.”
Twitter took exception to Gupta’s professional opinion.
The respected doctor who actually examined Trump says otherwise. This seems reckless and unethical. https://t.co/Bsa3oSBepW
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 17, 2018
I’m not a doctor but this seems like a stretch? https://t.co/LaSZW5WrC3
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) January 17, 2018
Gupta says Trump has heart disease. Jackson says he doesn’t. Here’s Jackson talking about Trump’s calcium scoring; University of Maryland Medical Center on cardiac calcium scoring; the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) percentile for Trump’s age/race. pic.twitter.com/BOJrxOshd3
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 17, 2018
Wow! What else did former Hillary Clinton advisor Sanjay Gupta say? https://t.co/kMPnhIUoXg
— Alex “The Claw” Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 17, 2018
Rear Adm. Jackson, the WH doctor who directly examined and tested POTUS, shot down this long-distance prognosis by Sanjay Gupta. https://t.co/8Zqy05bk7R
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) January 17, 2018
Navy doctor who actually examined Trump says he doesn’t. Who to believe? https://t.co/8Mqwgep3ng
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 17, 2018
Some have even pointed out that Gupta asked Dr. Jackson directly if the president had heart disease at yesterday’s briefing.
Again, for you doctors and would-be doctors, here is Dr. Gupta’s exchange with Dr. Jackson at the White House yesterday in which Dr. Gupta questioned Dr. Jackson’s assessment: pic.twitter.com/iP7a6R3Pmh
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 17, 2018
Dr. Jackson specifically rebuffed this suggestion to Gupta in the briefing room yesterday. https://t.co/qA4Jt4dRot
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) January 17, 2018
– @drsanjaygupta asked Dr. Jackson if Trump had heart disease during yesterday’s briefing
Jackson’s reply: “No, he does not have heart disease.” pic.twitter.com/rkDahklNXx
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) January 17, 2018
So Gupta goes on CNN this morning and says he does anyway. https://t.co/8bo1HTaDP6
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 17, 2018
However, it was pointed out that Dr. Jackson acknowledged that Trump has nonclinical coronary atherosclerosis, which is a form of heart disease even though Jackson also said that the president didn’t have heart disease.
People on the right are attacking Sanjay Gupta for saying Trump has heart disease, but Ronny Jackson said yesterday that Trump has coronary atherosclerosis — a form of heart disease. pic.twitter.com/jgULjCC7pM
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 17, 2018
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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