Popular speaker and author Cindy Blank-Reid, RN, reviews the health record of Ronald W. Reagan who at the age of 70 was the oldest individual ever elected to the Oval Office. Thirty years after he was elected, his name has resurfaced due to his beliefs, speeches and plans he implemented. Just 69 days into his presidency, Reagan sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in an assassination attempt which resulted in both pulmonary and vascular injuries. Despite his age, he made a remarkable recovery. After his presidency in 1989, Reagan suffered from a subdural hematoma when he was thrown from a horse. In 1994, at the age of 83, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He sustained a fractured hip in 2001 and died in 2004 at the age of 93 from pneumonia.
Of note, Reagan started wearing hearing aids during his presidency; he went public with the news in 1983. Also during his presidency, he had cancerous polyps removed from his colon; skin cancer removed from his nose; and had surgery for enlarged prostate.
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About the presenter: Cynthia Blank-Reid is a trauma clinical nurse specialist in Philadelphia. She speaks nationally on historic trauma cases and writes frequently for ADVANCE.
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