CNN left out crucial details on Wednesday while advancing a narrative in which President Trump’s heart health is of serious concern.
CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta diagnosed Trump with heart disease on Wednesday, pointing to Trump’s coronary calcium score of 133, which White House doctor Ronny Jackson released on Tuesday while giving Trump a clean bill of health.
Gupta pointed to a Mayo Clinic webpage that says a score between 100 and 300 “is associated with a relatively high risk of heart attack or other heart disease over the next three to five years.” But Gupta didn’t dive very deep into what the data about Trump’s heart health actual shows, or attempt to quantify Trump’s risk of heart attack or similar heart disease.
So The Daily Caller did.
The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) has a publicly available algorithm for calculating the risk of heart attack or coronary heart disease that takes into account the patient’s calcium coronary score and other factors such as cholesterol level and family history of heart disease. The New York Times previously used the MESA algorithm for a 2016 article evaluating Trump and Clinton’s health.
Using the results of Trump’s medical exam from Dr. Jackson, The Daily Caller calculated Trump’s risk of heart attack or similar heart disease. According to that algorithm, Trump’s risk from heart attack or other coronary heart disease is just 4.1 percent each year for the next 10 years. (Feel free to replicate our results here.)
Additionally, Trump’s coronary calcium score of 133 is lower than the mean for men his age, according to MESA, making Trump’s score a sign of above average heart health.
CNN’s coverage left out those details and cast doubt on Jackson’s confidence in Trump’s heart health. The network instead painted a picture where Trump’s heart health is of serious concern.
CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota described Trump’s heart health as “troubling” on Wednesday morning. “The president has heart disease. Those numbers qualify him for having heart disease,” Gupta agreed, adding that he, too, finds it “concerning.”