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Doctors Declare Romney, Ryan Fit and Healthy

Friday, 21 Sep 2012 04:00 PM

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is physically fit with no serious ongoing conditions and appears younger than his age, according to a letter from Romney's doctor released by the campaign on Friday.

"He is a vigorous man who takes excellent care of his personal physical health," said Randall Gaz, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

"There are no physical impairments that should interfere with his rigorous and demanding political career."

The Republican takes low-dose aspirin and 10 mg of the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor each day, but no other medications on a regular basis. He has a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, Gaz said.

An adult's normal resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute, according to the Mayo Clinic. But for an athlete, the rate may be closer to 40 beats a minute.

"A lower heart rate at rest generally implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness," the clinic says on its website.

Romney's campaign released details of the health of Romney, 64, and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, 42.

Brian Monahan, the attending physician for the U.S. Congress, termed Ryan's health excellent and praised his patient's "important preventative lifestyle choices" including vigorous exercise and a healthy diet.

Key numbers from the doctors' reports:

ROMNEY
Age: 65
Height: 6-foot-1½ inches
Weight: 184 lb.
Blood pressure: 130 over 80
Cholesterol: 169
Medications: Lipitor, low-dose aspirin

RYAN
Age: 42
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 163 lb.
Blood pressure: 121 over 62
Cholesterol: 184
Medications: Occasional albuterol inhaler

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