Romney, Ryan in fighting shape
September 21st, 2012
03:50 PM ET
8 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. Rudy NYC

    BREAKING NEWS: Mitt Romney has no heart.

    September 21, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    ...."both were found to have their feet stuck in their mouths"

    September 21, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Barr. Viag

    If Romney and Ryan really loves the American public to know much about them, they should both release 10 years of tax returns not state of health letters and 2011 tax returns only. They seem confused

    September 21, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. rs

    Tax returns, Mr. Romney, we want to see your tax returns. The state of your health is very obvious- semi-delussional.

    September 21, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. A Desperate Situation

    Flood us with all the info you want Romney. You can not play your CEO games with us with know what you really think about Americans without seven figure incomes.

    September 21, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. 1twinsfan

    It must be a Friday afternoon!

    September 21, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Bad news normally gets released on Fridays. Romney needs to show more than a year of his tax returns, especially since he demanded seeing 10 years of Ryan's.

    September 21, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Personally, I don't give a rats behind about their physical fitness. It's their mental fitness that concerns me.

    Now, when will Willard put out his tax returns for the last 10 years? We'll still waiting.

    September 21, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. B.

    It is their "Mental Health" that most are concerned about!

    After watching the last six months of this debacle, it has become obvious who has the Healthy and Stable mind in this race,and Romney and Ryan do not instill any confidence at all, even willing to Lie to Americans!

    September 21, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    That's nice. When do we get to see their psych evals?

    September 21, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. truth hurts

    Forget their health reports. I want to see Joe Biden's along with his psychiatric evaluation. We need to know if he has early onset of Alzheimers.

    September 21, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Patriot Awesome

    Will we finally get proof that Romney is a malfunctioning android?

    September 21, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    Yawn! They both exercise lying consistently.

    September 21, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Tony

    Yes, Romney is very healthy tax evader. And Ryan is a very healthy liar. Give us your tax returns for the last 10 years, Mitt. Please provide details on your tax plan, and make sure that the numbers in it add up.

    September 21, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Both of them would need to declare "pathological liar" as a mental health problem. Those who still think Romney has a chance should declare "delusional".

    September 21, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Any bets that these two "gentlemen" won't even speak to each other after their defeat in November? You can just feel the tension between them and I love it.

    I'm also sure the Ryan household is not a happy one right now. With Ryan facing the reality, that he'll never be No. 2 and also of losing his job in the House, the Mrs. must be screaming to the top of her lungs. The guy is falling apart because unlike Willard, he doesn't have millions of dollars to fall back on for the rest of his life. These jokers are FINISHED and the world is better for it.

    September 21, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Boo

    Both of these sociopaths should be analyzed by a psychiatrist. It's what they think and say that is sick.

    September 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Mike

    I doubt either of these guys could pass the psychological tests that "you people" have to pass to get a responsible job such as police officer.

    September 21, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    Will those letters also divulge the state of their mental health, or their lack of a soul?

    September 21, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. carlos

    truth hurts....still saying: you are not a legitimate human being

    September 21, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. carlos

    but told CBS in August he would consider trying Ryan's exercise of choice.......try running and please do not stop, keep on going, both of you, you will not be missed.....hehehe

    September 21, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Obama's America 2016

    Anyone voting for Biden is truly an.idiot.

    September 21, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Obama's America 2016

    Romney doubles Obama's charitable giving.

    It appears that it's Obama without a heart.

    September 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. 1twinsfan

    I can almost hear Ryan saying in his future book..."you know, when I agreed to be Romney's running mate, I thought he had a set. I was wrong. "

    September 21, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. myviewis

    When do we get to see Obama and Biden's medical records for this campaign?

    September 21, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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