Although Dwight Eisenhower was the first American president to release information about his health while in office, his physicians and staff often misled the public about his condition.
Eisenhower began chain smoking cigarettes at West Point. As president, health issues forced him to give up smoking and make some dietary changes, but he still drank alcohol.
Eisenhower had seven heart attacks, a stroke and surgery for bowel obstruction from 1955 until his death in 1969.
However, the last three years of Eisenhower’s second term in office were ones of relatively good health.