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Chen receives clean bill of health

Chen receives clean bill of health

Doctors declared President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in perfect health after his annual physical check-up at National Taiwan University Hospital yesterday.

Chen joked that even after a "big fall" due to the Democratic Progressive Party's election loss earlier this month, he has not been "crippled" by the defeat since he has had one month to "heal" and "recover."

This year's check-up included a blood test, X-ray, ultrasound, gastroscope, colonoscopy, electrocardiogram and other tests for cardiac function.

Although the results indicated the president has grown 0.5 centimeters, doctors said it is a common technical error. Other tests showed that Chen also dropped 2.1 kilograms in body weight.

"I trimmed my waistline without spending any money," joked Chen who attributed his weight loss to swimming and regular stretching exercise routines.

The president's blood pressure showed a slight increase from 120/78 mm Hg to 120/80 mm Hg this year.

Chen's other results, including blood sugar level at 97 mol/l, cholesterol level at 187 mmol/l, and pulse rate at 87 beat per minute, all appeared to be normal.

Psychiatrists at NTUH said that although Chen has been under heavy pressure lately, his mental state remains in optimum condition.

"President Chen maintains a well-balanced diet and gets an adequate amount of sleep. His emotional state is good," said NTUH vice-director Yang Pan-chyr.

Taking the opportunity to speak to the public yesterday, Chen said that recent adversities had made him stronger. He promised to discuss his impressions and thoughts on a number of issues during his annual New Year address, which he said would be as important as his past two inaugural speeches.

Updated : 2022-05-19 08:19 GMT+08:00