Romney, Ryan in fighting shape
September 21st, 2012
03:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney, Ryan in fighting shape

(CNN) – Letters evaluating the physical health of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were released by their physicians Friday, both indicating that the GOP's presidential and vice presidential nominees are in top condition for their respective ages.

Romney's letter, issued by Randall Gaz of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, noted the candidate last underwent a physical exam on August 9, which showed the candidate a "healthy appearing, energetic, strong, physically fit male."

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Romney weighed 184 pounds in August and had a blood pressure of 130/80 – putting the candidate in the "prehypertension" range, as defined by the National Institutes of Health. Gaz, in his letter, wrote that Romney had mildly elevated triglyceride levels, for which he takes a daily 10 milligram dose of the drug Lipitor.

Other vital statistics included a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute and a body temperature of 98.4 degrees.

Other information contained in the letter included the fact that Romney "totally abstains from drinking any alcoholic beverages and does not use any tobacco products or illicit drugs," a condition of his Mormon faith.

The letter also notes Romney suffered a concussion from a car accident in 1968, during his time as a missionary in France. That accident came as he was driving the mission president and his wife during a six-hour ride between Paris and the south of France. Their car was hit by what was believed to be a drunken driver. The mission president had to return to the United States because of his injuries, and his wife was killed.

Romney also had an appendectomy in 1965, and stitches on his hand in 1987.

Ryan's physical assessment, from the attending physician of the U.S. Congress Dr. Brian Monahan, painted a similarly healthy portrait of the GOP vice presidential nominee.

Monahan noted Ryan occasionally suffers from airway hypersensitivity, which the doctor said he treats with an inhaler. He also wrote that the Wisconsin congressman experienced back and knee injuries.

Vital statistics were all healthy for Ryan, whose father and grandfather died in their fifties. He weighs 163 pounds, stands 6' 2" tall, has a resting heart rate of 59 beats per minute, and a blood pressure of 121/62.

Ryan, 42, is well known for his fitness routine P90X, and has led sessions of the cross-training regime in the House gym.

"My dad died of a heart attack at 55, my grandfather at 57, so I've always had this incentive to stay healthy," Ryan told CNN's Gloria Borger last year.

Romney, 65, is often seen partaking in water sports at his lakefront home in New Hampshire. He is known to use elliptical machines for regular workouts, but told CBS in August he would consider trying Ryan's exercise of choice.

"I've never tried that," he said. "I might have him show me how to do it someday. I get on the elliptical or the treadmill or the stationary bike for about 40 minutes and that's about it for me. But that workout of his, he's in pretty good shape."


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. sayer

    40 bpm is barely beating. I knew Romney had no heart!

    September 21, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Raven

    God, they are so super white!

    September 21, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Squigman

    Lets get violent, why don't we. Start with the threatening comments, then escalate to inciting the masses. A good republican never misses a beat.

    September 21, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    Mittens in 2005 (google the video): "When I was a young boy, I used to think that being rich and famous would make me happy. Boy, was I right!"

    Gotta love his humility and character *sarcasm*

    September 21, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. KJ

    Romney should be in fighting shape being that he has the Cadillac of healthcare coverage. Oh, wait a minute, Ryan does as well. In fact Ryan has a level of coverage that he feels the average citizen paying for his inadequacy as a congressman should not be provided. Wow, isn't grand to be overly privileged, there I go again, I meant Republican!

    September 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    I don't care what their physicals say, Mittens and Munster are too of the most cold-blooded, heartless egotists to ever walk the planet and don't deserve to get within 10 miles of the White House.

    September 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. DarqueSide

    Funny, I'm almost 55, take NO prescription medications at all, but I'm overweight and I STILL have a lower resting heart rate and lower blood pressure than Ryan! Guess that 6-8% body fat thing ain't all it's cracked up to be, eh, Paul? Perhaps because it's as much fabrication as his marathon numbers!

    September 21, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Mittens 47% ... Veterans, grandma and the disabled are all moochers!

    "Mr. Romney's campaign did not release his returns, but instead had his trustee, Brad Malt, write a blog post giving some details of returns from 1990 through 2009."

    Blog post? Like that's reliable – NOT!

    September 21, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. beevee

    Nice to know that these two republicans nominees are in good physical shape. The only vexing question is of their intellectual condition to lead the nation. Troubling.

    September 21, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. John N. Seattle, WA

    Well, at least we know they will physically survive the BEATING that the American people are going to give him come election day!

    September 21, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. JD

    Doesn't matter. Above 8% unemployment, Middle East unrest the president clearly misread, gas prices at a constant high levels, debt beyond imagination. And people care more about tax returns and who J-Z parties with. We have reached idiocracy.

    September 21, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. dscon

    And smoking cigarettes, pot, crack, and drinking is best left up to the POS prez...............

    September 21, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The real media is pointing out that Mittens paid less than Americans from the 47% who pay payroll taxes. If Mittens were honest, he would point out that he cannot even vote for himself.

    September 21, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. 333maxwell

    I see Mr Ryan's publicly paid for health care is treating him well.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Orchid333

    Whoa, resting heart rate of 40 BPM??? WOW! Is Mitt alive? Resting heart rate average is between 60 and 90 beats per minute. He's either a mega-athlete or his alien-god-blood runs on ice.

    September 21, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Big George in Big D

    And just where are the stats on the current jerks in the administration?

    September 21, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. columbus

    Wow! That's more that I learned about Romney than in all of the past year of his campaign, when they did his colonoscopy, they didn't find any details of his policies in there, did they?

    September 21, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. blave

    Get you plane tickets dems/libs canadas weather is nice in November. Ha ha

    September 21, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. CBR

    Did folks note tha the doctor in charge of Mr. Romney's care is from Harvard and Mass. General. Mr. Ryan has the doctor for Congress. Who paid the pad? Is Mr. Romney on Medicare.

    Every America should expect the same level of care. We should all have a doctor we trust and should be eligible for yearly exams. This is not what most insurance companies offer and certainly not what Medicare supports.

    FYI: Retirees in MA who have insurance through the state must have prescriptions refilled by certain drugstores. For one, CVS, is a huge outfit. What happened to helping small businesses like local pharmacies. No such luck – the big stores have pushed them out. The companies have contracts to seal the deal. Which Republicans are talking about small businesses on one hand and then pushing them out of business with the other?

    September 21, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. DJ Reality

    yeah but do they wash behind the ears?

    September 21, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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