HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, launched his well being data as he maneuvers to maintain questions on Democratic rival John Fetterman’s restoration from a stroke entrance and middle within the hotly contested marketing campaign.
Dr. Rebecca Kurth in New York City wrote in a four-page letter that she discovered the 62-year-old coronary heart surgeon-turned-TV movie star to be in “excellent health” in an annual checkup Thursday.
The letter famous that Oz has a complete ldl cholesterol degree that’s “borderline elevated” however may be addressed by food plan, and referenced that in 2010 he had a polyp — a progress that generally can turn into cancerous — faraway from his colon. An electrocardiogram — a take a look at that data electrical indicators within the coronary heart to detect coronary heart issues — he had Thursday got here out regular.
“Your examination is healthy, and the blood tests are favorable,” Kurth wrote. She advisable no treatment.
The launch of the well being data comes as Oz is making an attempt to shut a spot within the polls and is more and more making Fetterman’s health to serve a central theme in his marketing campaign.
Fetterman, 53, has been silent about releasing medical data or offering entry for reporters to query his docs, now greater than 4 months after he suffered a stroke in May that has had lingering results on his speech and listening to.
Two editorial boards, of The Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, have known as for Fetterman to launch medical data after his refusal to debate Oz greater than as soon as. The Post-Gazette mentioned that ought to embrace cognitive checks and making his docs obtainable to reporters.
It mentioned Oz ought to launch his medical data, too — a request to which Oz shortly agreed.
In a press release, Oz mentioned “voters should have full transparency when it comes to the health status of candidates running for office.” Oz, a coronary heart surgeon, is finest recognized for “The Dr. Oz Show,” which he hosted on daytime TV for 13 years.
Fetterman’s marketing campaign once more made no dedication Friday to releasing data or offering entry to his docs.
Rather, he attacked Oz in a press release that revives a number of the themes Fetterman has superior throughout the marketing campaign — together with highlighting long-standing criticism that Oz typically promoted questionable merchandise and medical recommendation on his present.
“In June, I released a letter from my doctor where he clearly stated that I am fit to serve,” Fetterman mentioned within the assertion. “Dr. Oz built his entire career by lying to people about health. I trust my actual doctors over the opinion of a charlatan who played one on TV.”
Fetterman has been receiving speech remedy and the letter from his heart specialist mentioned he shall be tremendous and in a position to serve within the Senate if he eats wholesome meals, takes prescribed treatment and workout routines.
The race within the presidential battleground to switch retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey might assist decide management of the intently divided Senate, and Democrats view it as maybe their finest alternative to choose up a seat out of only a handful of shut races nationally.