Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, on Friday released his health records, as he competes in a closely watched race contrary to the states Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who suffered a stroke in-may.
Why it matters: The move comes because the Oz campaign continues to spotlight and question the fitness of Fetterman, whose stroke occurred just days before winning the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Details: Dr. Rebecca Kurth wrote in a four-page letter that Oz is in “overall excellent health,” after an annual check-up Thursday.
- Kurth did remember that his cholesterol is “borderline elevated,” and recommended it be addressed by diet.
- Oz also released an electrocardiogram from exactly the same day that arrived normal.
Of note: The editorial boards of both the Washington Post and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had needed Fetterman release a his health records, with the latter also asking this week for Oz to talk about his.
- Although Fetterman hasn’t yet released his medical records, he released a letter in June from his cardiologist, Ramesh Chandra, who wrote: “The prognosis I could give for John’s heart is this: If he takes his medications, eats healthy, and exercises, he’ll be fine.”
- Fetterman said in July he was “feeling excellent” and believes he could be “one-hundred percent” mentally and physically ready to run a hardcore campaign.
The picture as a whole: The Pennsylvania race is among the key swing contests in the 2022 midterms, and may determine which party controls the narrowly divided Senate, something crucial for the Biden administration’s agenda.
- Fetterman agreed to take part in an individual October debate, but Oz insisted the initial debate maintain September.
- The Fetterman campaign said it had been focusing on accommodations for the candidate’s lingering “auditory processing” problems.
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