Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, left, attends a veterans roundtable with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at American Legion Post 119 in Largo, Florida.
STATEMENT FROM DR. VALENTIN FUSTER, THE MOUNT SINAI MEDICAL CENTER, MAYOR GIULIANIâ€™S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN
â€œI have been Rudy Giulianiâ€™s personal physician for more than seven years.
I was informed late Wednesday evening that Mr. Giuliani was suffering from a significant headache and fatigue. These symptoms can be described as possibly â€œflu-like.â€
As Mr. Giulianiâ€™s personal physician, I stayed in contact with the doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis throughout the course of the evening. Because of the significant headache, it was important to have as much information as possible and err on the side of caution.
Mr. Giuliani underwent the following tests at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: CT-MRI of the brain, ultrasound of the carotid arteries, and spinal fluid evaluation. These tests all came back normal.
Furthermore, a PSA taken within the past month was negligible or undetectable, and routine laboratory tests were normal. Upon returning to New York City, Mr. Giuliani came to me for an examination and a further test, a transesophageal echocardiogram, which was normal. I confirmed there was no change in his health status.
Mr. Giuliani was not prescribed any medication and I recommended that he lighten his schedule only for a few days.
It is my medical opinion that Rudy Giuliani is in very good health.â€
Valentin Fuster, M.D., PH.D.
Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Fuster serves The Mount Sinai Medical Center as Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-JosÃ©e and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. Among the positions of distinction he holds, Dr. Fuster is former President of the American Heart Association, immediate Past President of the World Heart Federation, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a former member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Advisory Council.
Ouch, Rudy had a spinal tap in St. Louis. But, his health is fine and as Flap pointed out with a headache under stress in a man Rudy’s age you will be certain that it was not a TIA. And, Flap is happy that it was not.
Now, onto Rudy’s big state, Florida plus Super Tuesday strategy.
Facing criticism for pursuing a strategy that essentially bypasses the early primary states in favor of Florida and later states, Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he trusts that the Sunshine State will â€œmake itâ€™s own statementâ€â€“one he is gambling will be for him.
â€œI think the people of Florida will make their own decision on who they think will be the best Republican candidateâ€¦our states donâ€™t always vote the same,â€ he said in response to a question about whether he can survive likely losses in the first five primary and caucus states. â€œI canâ€™t think of a person whose one a contested nomination thatâ€™s won every primary. Weâ€™ve always had somebody wins one, somebody wins another, then you have a contest. So by the time we get to Florida on January 29, itâ€™s going to be early enough for Florida to make its own statement, and make a very strong decision that will have an impact going forward.â€
Click on the photo to hear Giuliani discuss why he thinks Floridians will make up their own mind as to their choice for President.
Republican presidential hopeful and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani attends a veterans roundtable Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at American Legion Post 119 in Largo, Florida.
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