McCain releases 1,100 pages of medical records (Update) Healthy

Over the Memorial Day weekend, while he’s hosting potential VP candidates, McCain will be releasing about 400 pages of medical records for review by select reporters.

Story from the washington Times:

As Americans kick off the first holiday weekend of the summer Friday, Sen. John McCain will release 400 pages of his medical records to a handpicked group of reporters who can neither photocopy nor keep the documents, illustrating the sensitivity the campaign places on the 71-year-old candidate’s age and health.

The health of the certain Republican nominee, who bears large scars on his face and neck from surgery in 2000 to remove an invasive form of skin cancer, has been a question throughout the early part of the presidential campaign. For more than a year, Mr. McCain has repeatedly promised to release his recent medical records, but has yet to do so.

The McCain campaign has selected a handful of news organizations to review the records in a conference room at the Copper Wind Resort in Phoenix, near the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Reporters from all five major networks —CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and Fox—will be allowed to take notes from the records, as will wire reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies. Just two print newspapers will be among the pool: The Washington Post and the Arizona Republic.

McCain campaign officials said Wednesday that the high level of interest in the records meant they had to limit access by reporters.

“We had to do it at the Mayo Clinic and the doctors there probably didn’t want 200 reporters running around,” said senior McCain adviser Charlie Black. “It’s not a perfect situation, but its the best available.” No independent doctors will be allowed to examine the records, although McCain officials said Thursday that most networks are flying in their medical correspondents, some of whom are doctors.

Content speculation, suppose there will be any major headlines out of this come next week? Maybe a few things, but we probably already know quite a bit.


The records are out and McCain’s got a fairly clean bill of health.

Here’s a video report on it from the Associated Press:

The details from Yahoo News:

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. – Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting remains at risk for developing new skin cancers, and gets a thorough check by a Mayo Clinic dermatologist every few months.

Like many aging Americans, McCain takes medicine to keep his cholesterol in check.

But Mayo internist Dr. John Eckstein, his longtime personal physician, lauded McCain’s performance on a heart stress test sweating it out for 10 minutes when Eckstein routinely sees patients decades younger quit at five or seven minutes.

“I think physiologically he is considerably younger than his chronologic age based on his cardiovascular fitness,” Eckstein said in an interview Thursday. “I got a call from the cardiologist who said that he had not seen anyone that age exercise for that long in a long time.”

McCain’s most recent exams show a range of health issues common in aging: He frequently has precancerous skin lesions removed, and in February had an early stage squamous cell carcinoma, an easily cured skin cancer, removed. He had benign colon growths called polyps taken out during a routine colonoscopy in March.

The Vietnam veteran has degenerative arthritis from war injuries that might mean a future joint replacement. His blood pressure and weight were healthy, and his cholesterol good but not optimal and he switched medication from the controversial Vytorin that made headlines this past winter to a proven standby, simvastatin.

Nothing new really, just that he has normal health issues anyone his age would have. Overall, though, he’s in good health and is getting good care.