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Dr. Zvi Herman Berkowitz
Netanyahu in excellent health
Annual medical examination suggests prime minister in good health, with 120/80 blood pressure 'slightly assisted by medication'

The political situation might be fragile, but Israel's prime minister is in great shape, his annual medical test results, which were published on Thursday, suggest.


The Prime Minister's Office stated that Benjamin Netanyahu's personal physician, Dr. Zvi Herman Berkowitz, did not find any unusual problems with the prime minister's physical condition, but recommended that he followed healthy eating habits.


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"The prime minister's blood work is completely in order, including his sugar, fat and cholesterol count. The cardiac stress test results show good physical fitness with no heart or lung problems. The prime minister's blood pressure is regularly monitored and currently measures 120/80, and is slightly assisted by blood pressure medication."


The Prime Minister's Office also stated that Netanyahu, 62, exercises regularly several times a week, and also does distance walking and weight-lifting.


"From the results of the tests, the prime minister's personal doctor determines that Netanyahu's health condition is excellent," the office stated.


The medical condition of Israel's prime ministers became a central issue following the collapse of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005 after suffering a light stroke. He later suffered another, more serious, stroke and remains in a come until this day.


Two years after the incident, the Prime Minister's Office introduced a new regulation by which the public will receive an annual report on the prime minister's medical condition.


In addition, the prime minister will be under regular medical supervision and have a senior physician on call 24 hours a day, as well as a team of three doctors that will advise him on his health condition and a physician to accompany him on trips abroad.




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