President Joe Biden
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US President Joe Biden remains “healthy” and “vigorous,” his physician reported Thursday after a routine physical, adding that he is “fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.”

The physical, which occurred earlier in the day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, did result in a small lesion on Biden’s chest being removed for a biopsy, the results of which are still pending, according to CNN.

However, other exams of the president’s head, ears, eyes, nose and throat were normal, his physician said. An “extremely detailed” neurologic exam found no findings that would be consistent with stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Biden still experiences a “stiff gait,” the report said, and he was prescribed custom orthotics to help with his feet. He continues to work out five days a week and his contact lens prescription was updated.

The report from Dr. Kevin O’Connor is likely the last health update before Biden makes his reelection intentions known in the coming months.

O’Connor said in his statement that the most notable health event for Biden over the past year was his bout with COVID-19 over the summer. O’Connor said Biden’s blood oxygen levels didn’t fall below 97% and that his vital signs remained normal throughout the ordeal.

According to the health report, Biden hasn’t experienced any residual symptoms considered to be long COVID.

Biden is being treated for an irregular heartbeat that O’Connor said Biden experiences no symptoms of, and he experiences “occasional symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux,” namely having to clear his throat often.

O’Connor said those symptoms are exacerbated shortly after meals.

As with his previous physical in 2021, the White House did not say whether Biden underwent any cognitive tests, which some doctors recommend for older adults.

Biden has yet to officially announced a reelection bid and would be 86 at the end of a potential second term. He has faced consistent questions about his age and health from critics but has refuted them.

Last week, the President told PBS in an interview that he “probably” intends to seek reelection in 2024 but has yet to make the decision "firmly."

Outgoing White House chief of staff Ron Klain previously hinted that Biden will be running for a second term in 2024, even though Biden has yet to confirm that himself.

“As I did in 1988, 2008 and 2020, I look forward to being on your side when you run for president in 2024,” Klain said at a ceremony in the White House marking the transition from Klain to incoming chief of staff Jeff Zients.