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- CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta said President Donald Trump has heart disease.
- He made the conclusion based on information from the president’s recent physical.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta insisted that President Donald Trump has heart disease, based on information the White House released Tuesday from his physical.
Speaking on CNN Wednesday morning, Gupta pointed to Trump’s coronary calcium score, which is 133. In 2013, that number was 98 while in 2009 it was 34. A score above 100 signals a high risk of heart attack or heart disease within five years, CNN noted.
The numbers “have continued to go up despite the fact that he’s been on medications,” Gupta said. “So the president has heart disease, those numbers qualify him for having heart disease, and he clearly needs a plan to try and prevent some heart problem down the road.”
Gupta confronted White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson during a Tuesday briefing on Trump’s physical, saying the numbers point to him having heart disease. Jackson insisted that Trump’s “heart is very healthy” and there is “no evidence of cardiovascular disease.”
Though Jackson, the presidential physician since 2013, insisted that Trump was in “excellent” health, he did concede that the president should lose 10 to 15 pounds and said they are working on a diet and exercise plan.