Former US Vice President Dick Cheney Has Heart Transplant

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Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney, the former US Vice President, is recovering in a Virginia hospital after undergoing a heart transplant.
Cheney, 71, who served as vice president in the George W. Bush administration, has had a long history of heart trouble.
He had his first heart attack in 1978 when he was just 37.
After his fourth heart attack in 2000 he had a defibrillator implanted in his chest. Despite the huge daily pressures on him, he didn’t have another heart scare in the eight years he was in the White House, but afterwards, at Christmas 2009, just as he was backing his car out of the garage, “everything went blank” as he suffered his fifth heart attack.
The defibrillator saved his life. Afterwards he also had fitted a battery – operated pump to help his heart. It allowed him to live an active life hunting, fishing, travelling and playing with his grandchildren.
Discussing how he was considering a full – scale heart transplant, he told the Telegraph last September: “I’m very lucky to be alive.”
Kara Ahern, a spokeswoman for Cheney, issued a statement saying the former Vice President would be forever grateful to his unknown heart donor.
“Dick Cheney is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia after undergoing heart transplant surgery on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
“In 2010, Mr. Cheney had a Left Ventricular Assist Device implanted for treatment of end stage heart failure. The former Vice President has been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months.
“Although the former Vice President and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift.
“Former Vice President Cheney is thankful to the teams of doctors and other medical professionals at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospital for their continued outstanding care.”



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