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Paul Ryan in ‘Excellent’ Health, Says Physician

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- Paul Ryan is loyal to his exercise regime and it has paid off, according to health records released by his physician Friday.

The congressional physician, Dr. Timothy E. Kronquist, says the GOP vice presidential nominee’s overall health is “excellent” and the doctor noted he “practiced important preventative lifestyle choices to include regular vigorous aerobic and strength-building exercises, a heart healthy diet, smoking abstinence and infrequent alcohol use.”

[Read Ryan’s medical record here.]

The letter notes that his paternal family history is significant for early onset coronary artery disease.  Ryan’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all died from heart attacks in their fifties. It is one of the reasons why Ryan is so committed to eating healthy and exercise, including the rigorous P90X workout.

The report said Rep. Ryan, the House budget chairman, stands six-foot-two and weighs 163 pounds.

The letter also said that Ryan has a “previously established diagnosis of airway hypersensitivity occasionally treated with an as needed albuterol inhaler.”

The campaign says Ryan does not have asthma, but instead seasonal allergies.

“He has experienced respiratory congestion during allergy season. While he does not have asthma, his use of an albuterol inhaler helps alleviate these symptoms,” Ryan spokesperson Michael Steel said.

However, ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said, “Albuterol is not typically used for treating allergies.”

“It is also not used for respiratory congestion,” Besser said by email. “It is used for treating reactive airway disease (asthma) and bronchitis.”

Ryan has undergone annual physicals since being elected to Congress in 1998. His most recent exam was in December 2011. It showed a resting heart rate of 59 beats per minute, blood pressure of 121/62, and a BMI of 20.9.

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‘Vigorous’ Mitt Romney Fit to Be President, Doc Says

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(LAS VEGAS) -- Health records released Friday suggest Mitt Romney is in good health and has no impairments that would make him unfit for the White House.

He’s allergic to penicillin, has had an appendectomy and once got stitches in his right hand, but his doctor of more than 20 years said the 65-year-old “appears years young than his age.”

His most recent physical, conducted in August at his home in Massachusetts, “revealed a healthy appearing [sic], energetic, strong, physically fit male,” according to Dr. Randall Gaz, Romney’s doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

[Read Romney’s full medical record here.]

“He has shown the ability to be engaged in multiple, varied, simultaneous activities requiring complex mental, social, emotion and leadership skills,” wrote Gaz, who added that Romney’s a “vigorous man.”

“He has reserves of strength, energy and stamina that provide him with the ability to meet unexpected demands,” said Gaz.

Romney’s routine health examinations have included colonoscopies, blood tests and “extensive prior cardiac evaluations.” His family history includes heart attacks and prostate cancer. Like many older men, Romney takes a low-dose aspirin and the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

Most notable of Romney’s record is that his resting heart rate is just 40 beats per minute, far under the normal range of 60-100 beats per minute.

Romney’s doctor attributes the low rate to Romney’s “past intensive exercise with regular running.”

Nowadays, Romney is known to hit the gym on the trail, but prefers the elliptical machine to the treadmill.

While Romney’s doctor reported that Romney eats a “high fiber diet with abundant fruits and vegetables,” and limits eating “high cholesterol foods and concentrated sweets,” a guy can only do so much on the campaign trail, where the candidate has been spotted digging into the occasional homemade pie or bag of Cheetos in between campaign events.

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