Barack Obama visited the hospital on Saturday for a sore throat and routine scan. He visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center confirmed his White House doctor. The president was in the hospital for 28 minutes and travelled via motorcade. According to the CT scan reports, there are symptoms consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux.
Vice President Joe Biden and other senior White House staffers were kept up to speed. The President was however not sedated, and therefore there is no transfer of order in the White House confirmed White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
According to the statement issued by Obama’s physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, “This morning, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Fort Belvoir Medical Center conducted a fiber optic exam, under my supervision, of the President’s throat based on symptoms of sore throat over the past couple weeks. The exam revealed soft tissue swelling in the posterior throat and I, in consultation with the specialist, determined that further evaluation with a routine CT scan was prudent.”
Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach contents flow back up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing such symptoms as heartburn and sore throat. Acid reflex can usually be treated easily say doctors and it usually happens due to changes in the diet intake. There are medicines which reduce the acid in the stomach. In the President’s case, the CT scan was done out of the highest precautionary measures.
Josh Earnest was asked by the media if the President is still smoking. To which he replied saying that the President has quit smoking, with the assistance of nicotine gum. Obama has visited Dr. Jackson for a check up in May, and Dr. Jackson had said that his health overall was doing excellent.