Doctor says Palin is in 'excellent health'

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

WASHINGTON - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is in excellent health, with her only hospitalization related to her five pregnancies, her family physician said in a two-page letter the campaign released hours before Election Day.

In the letter, Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, of Anchorage, Alaska, described Palin's pregnancies, including the birth of her son, Trig, earlier this year at 35 weeks. Routine prenatal testing early in the second trimester of Palin's pregnancy determined that the fetus had the chromosomal condition known as Down Syndrome. The Alaska governor and her husband, Todd, decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.

The physician also said Palin had a breast biopsy in 1992 for what turned out to be a benign lesion. Her vital signs, including blood pressure at 96 over 61 and pulse of 77, have been normal. Palin has no close relatives with major medical problems.

"She is physically fit with a regular exercise regimen," Baldwin-Johnson wrote, adding that the 44-year-old Palin takes no routine prescription medications.

Palin recently promised in a nationally televised interview that she would release her medical records. Instead, the campaign issued the two-page letter from her physician on the eve of the election.

"In summary, Gov. Palin is in excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of vice president of the United States of America," Baldwin-Johnson concluded.

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