Politics Trump monitored for heart risk while taking unproven drug, White House memo says

01:45  04 june  2020
01:45  04 june  2020 Source:   politico.com

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The memo said Trump took a two-week "course" of hydroxychloroquine alongside zinc and Vitamin Medical guidance from NBC News noted that Trump is obese and his blood pressure, while normal The White House insisted in November that there was nothing unusual about Trump completing his

At a long-winded White House briefing on Friday, President Trump enthusiastically and repeatedly promoted the promise of two long-used malaria drugs that are still unproven against The drug can lower the risk of dying from lupus and prevent organ damage, and is considered the standard of care.

President Donald Trump was closely monitored in case he developed an irregular heart beat while he took a two-week course of the drug he’s touted as a potential cure for the coronavirus and completed the regimen without any side effects, White House physician Sean Conley wrote in a memo released Wednesday.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump.

Despite past skepticism over vaccines and claims he never got a flu shot before coming to the White House, Trump also is current on routine vaccinations, including seasonal influenza, Conley wrote.

The memo concluded there was “no interval change” in Trump’s condition over the past year and that he continues to receive regular tests for the coronavirus, all of which have been negative. The memo summarized exams Trump had at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the White House between November and April.

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President Donald Trump sent the White House scrambling to defend his decision to use a malaria drug against the coronavirus amid medical concerns the unproven treatment could spark misuse of a medication with potentially fatal side effects.

At 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds, Trump was one pound heavier than during his last physical. Trump, the oldest elected president in U.S. history, for the second straight year is just above the CDC threshold for obesity, putting him at increased risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, as well as health problems including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Trump’s other vitals were unremarkable, and he "remains healthy," according to the memo. His resting heart rate was 63 beats a minute, with a cholesterol count and blood pressure within normal ranges.

The president in May stunned the public health community when he announced he was taking hydroxychloroquine, along with a daily dose of zinc and an initial dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, a combination that has been linked to increased incidences of cardiac arrest. Trump has frequently suggested the malaria medicine is an effective treatment and preventive measure for the coronavirus, despite data suggesting it has no proven benefits for Covid-19 patients and could instead have harmful side effects. Trump also took vitamin D as part of the regimen, Conley wrote.

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Trump said he decided to take hydroxychloroquine after two White House staffers tested positive for the disease, but he already had spent months promoting the drug as a potential cure or preventive despite the cautionary advice of many of his administration’s top medical professionals.

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The timing coincided with the first pair of coronavirus cases in the West Wing — on May 7, the president’s personal valet tested positive for coronavirus, and just days later Vice President Mike Pence’s top spokesperson tested positive, as well.

The drug was administered “in consultation with [Trump’s] appropriate care team members and close monitoring of the electrocardiogram” for irregularities, Conley wrote.

A new rigorous study released Wednesday found that hydroxychloroquine did not prevent infection from the virus. However, the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first major controlled trial of the drug for Covid-19 patients, did not find serious heart problems from taking the medicine.

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