HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) – Dr. Mehmet Oz, Republican candidate for the United States Senate in Pennsylvania, released his medical records as he maneuvers to keep questions about Democratic rival John Fetterman.front and center in a hot campaign.
Dr. Rebecca Kurth of New York wrote in a four-page letter that during her annual inspection on Thursday, she discovered that a 62-year-old cardiac surgeon who had become a TV star was in “excellent health”.
The letter noted that Oz had total cholesterol levels that were “elevated” but could be corrected through diet, and mentioned that in 2010 he had a polyp – a growth that can sometimes become c*ncerous – removed from his colon. The electrocardiogram – a test that records electrical signals in the heart to detect heart problems – came out normally on Thursday.
“Your test is healthy and your blood tests are successful,” Kurth wrote. She did not recommend any medications.
The publication of health data comes as Oz tries to fill a gap in the polls and increasingly makes Fetterman’s prowess the focus of his campaign.
Fetterman, 53, has remained silent about sharing medical records or sharing with reporters for questioning his doctors, now more than four months after suffering a stroke in May that had long-lasting effects on his speech and hearing.
Two newsrooms, The Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, called on Fetterman to release medical records after he more than once refused to debate Oz. The Post-Gazette said this should include cognitive testing and making their doctors available to reporters.
He said Oz should disclose his medical records as well – a request that Oz quickly agreed to.
In a statement, Oz said that “voters should have full transparency about the health of candidates running for office.” Oz, a cardiac surgeon, is best known for “The Dr. The Oz Show ”, which he ran on television for 13 years.
Fetterman’s campaign again made no commitment on Friday to disclose the tapes or make the recordings available to its doctors.
Rather, he att*cked Oz in a statement that restores some of the themes that Fetterman raised during the campaign – including highlighting a long-standing criticism that Oz frequently promoted questionable medical products and advice on his program.
“In June, I issued a letter from my doctor clearly stating that I was fit to serve,” Fetterman said in a statement. “Dr. Oz built his entire career by lying to people about health. I trust my real doctors above the opinion of the quack who played one on TV. “
Fetterman is undergoing speech therapy, and a letter from his cardiologist says that he will be fine and will be able to serve in the Senate if he eats healthy food, takes prescribed medications, and exercises.
The race on the presidential battlefield for the seat of the outgoing Republican Senator Pat Toomey could help define control of the tightly divided Senate, and Democrats see this as perhaps the best opportunity to win a spot from just a few tied races in the country.
While it is customary for presidential candidates to disclose medical records, it is not customary to do so in US Senate races. In the past, some US senators made medical records available when they ran for president.
Oz, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, also questioned Fetterman’s truthfulness in exposing the effects of his stroke.
Fetterman, the deputy governor of state, maintains that doctors expect him to fully recover from a stroke and that he improves quickly, has no cognitive effects, and maintains the healthiest habits of his life.
Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13, four days before he easily won the Democratic primary. His victory came a few hours after he underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. Three weeks after the stroke, Fetterman revealed that he “almost died,” and a letter from his cardiologist revealed that he had a serious and potentially fatal heart disease.
Fetterman has campaigned and spoken at public events, but sometimes speaks hesitantly, twists his words from time to time, and has difficulty hearing through background noise, and quickly processes what he hears. He recently agreed to one debate against Oz, which was due on October 25, although Oz insisted on more.
During the debate, Fetterman will receive subtitles, but candidates continue to argue about the terms. Oz is pushing to extend it to 90 minutes, from 60 minutes to accommodate any subtitle delays.
Publicly leading Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have tried to calm the party’s nerves over Fetterman’s condition by saying they believed he was capable of serving.
Even so, Fetterman gave reporters limited access to questioning him directly, having conducted only a few interviews since the stroke, all through video with subtitles that help him process his hearing.
In a 2016 Senate competition in Illinois, Democrat Tammy Duckworth published medical records from the years when questions arose about the condition of Republican Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012.
Four years later, Kirk was still suffering from the effects of the stroke and, like Fetterman, did not provide access to his doctors or medical records. Even so, Duckworth said during the debate that she believes Kirk is capable of doing the job, but “the problem is he doesn’t.”
Towards the end of the race, Kirk’s campaign published a one-page letter from the attending physician saying the senator had “completely recovered his cognitive function,” still speaking hesitantly, faced with limited use of his left leg and inability to use his left arm. , the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.
Kirk lost his re-election offer.
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