President Joe Biden can't breathe. He's old. It is to be expected. But it's very concerning when the health of the president is in question.
The oldest commander in chief in American history has now been placed on a respiratory device.
Biden has begun using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night to treat his sleep apnea, the White House announced this week.
While it's not a rare occurrence that an aging person would need a CPAP machine during sleep, it is concerning when the age and health of the president of the United States are in decline.
"Since 2008, the president has disclosed his history with sleep apnea in thorough medical reports," Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary, said.
"He used a CPAP machine last night, which is common for people with that history," Bates added.
Biden, 80, first disclosed his recurring issue with sleep apnea in his 2008 medical records, according to Breitbart News.
Biden’s 2019 medical records showed he had previously had multiple surgeries on his sinus and nasal passages.
A report from CNN reads:
During Biden’s 2021 physical, the White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor singled out two areas of "observation": an "increasing frequency and severity of 'throat clearing' and coughing during speaking engagements" and the president’s stiffer gait.
Biden had marks on the side of his face during multiple events this week, raising questions.
Following concerns about the marks on Biden's face, Bates confirmed that the president has been using a CPAP machine during his sleep at night.
The CPAP machine "uses mild air pressure to keep breathing airways open while you sleep," reports the National Institutes of Health.
A White House official said Biden is using the CPAP machine in an effort to improve his sleep quality.
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