However, by his final presidential physical, Clinton had ballooned to 214 pounds, his cholesterol level had risen to 233, and his blood pressure was 136 over 84, The Associated Press reported. Rear Adm. E. Connie Mariano, the White House's senior physician, told the AP that Clinton would be given cholesterol-lowering medication.
"We gave him things to look at in the future, for him to work on, such as diet, such as exercise," Mariano said. "I think he'll do very well with that with the new [post-presidential] lifestyle for him."
After the physical, in January 2001, Clinton told reporters: "My cholesterol is a little too high because I haven't exercised, and I ate all that Christmas dessert. But in six months it will be back to normal. I knew I was doing it, but what the heck. It was my last time, and I wanted to enjoy it."
In 1988, Clinton told an interviewer that he had a family history of heart trouble.
Clinton, who served two terms as president, from 1993 to 2001, recently returned to the public eye. He gave a televised prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention in July, and released My Life, his best-selling memoir, this summer.
Though he always has had bitter detractors, Clinton's popularity remains high, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. As he started a book tour in June, the poll showed his retrospective job approval rating at 62 percent, topping its average during his presidency.