The Office of the President of the Republic of Finland

09.11.1998 PRESS RELEASE


This statement has been prepared on the basis of the authorization granted by the President of the Republic on October 9, 1998 and at his own request. It is based on an examination carried out during autumn 1998. The health of the President of the Republic was examined by the undersigned and a number of specialists in the field of orthopaedics, cardiology and radiology.

As stated in connection with previous examinations, President Ahtisaari's knee joints are affected by severe degenerative arthritis which will require the installation of artificial joints over the next few years. However, no date has been set for the operation. The President's hip and lumbar spine are affected by less severe degenerative arthritis.

The hypertension which had already been detected in the 1980s has been kept in check with beta-blocker medication and has not led to any discernible changes in the heart. An echo examination has shown that the constitution and functioning of the President's heart is normal. An ergometer test revealed no signs of coronary disease.

The constitution of the President's liver, kidneys, pancreas and bile ducts were found to be normal, and there was also no abnormality in the functioning of his internal organs. There were no inflammatory changes or tumours in the lungs. High cholesterol levels were the only abnormalities revealed during laboratory analysis.

Conclusion: except for overweight and degenerative arthritis in the musculoskeletal organs, the examination of the President of the Republic, Martti Ahtisaari, revealed no new illnesses or findings affecting his health or performance.

I confirm on my honour and conscience the truth of the above-mentioned.

Helsinki, November 9, 1998
Janne Reitala
Specialist in general practice
Specialist in anaesthesiology
Helsinki University Central Hospital
Ambulance helicopter Medi-Heli

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