November 26th, 2007
05:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Cheney to receive treatment for irregular heartbeat

Cheney is set to undergo a heart procedure Monday afternoon.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo a heart procedure Monday afternoon after doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat, his office announced.

Cheney was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat, when he visited his doctor Monday morning complaining of a lingering cough after a cold. It was then that the arrhythmia was diagnosed, the vice president's office reported.

Doctors described the procedure - intended to shock the heart back into normal rhythm - as routine, and said they expect the vice president to return to his residence Monday night.

The 66-year-old vice president has had a history of heart ailments - including four heart attacks dating back to 1978 - and was briefly hospitalized in January 2006 after suffering shortness of breath.

– CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry


Filed under: Dick Cheney
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    How i wish something will go wrong

    November 26, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. dras alliance, ohio

    What's the chance that the dog doesn't have a heart and the sounds the Doctors heard were nothing more then gas.

    November 26, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Michael, Cambridge, NY

    Why doesn't he just resign? The way he's going, he'd be lucky to make it to the end of his term.

    November 26, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Kathleen, Ft. Pierce, FL

    Well, at least that clears things up... he does actually have a heart

    November 26, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. shawn smith, Kansas City MO

    as many people as he and his boss have killed with this widely unpopular war, it would only be just.

    November 26, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Champ

    This is a common procedure, minimal risks. Hope for a speedy recovery.
    Regards

    November 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I hope the surgeon is Dr. Kevorkian!

    His work is unrivaled!!!

    November 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Here's Hoping, USA

    We can only pray this evil man gets his just reward.

    November 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. ne,pa

    What heart?

    November 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Steve, Colorado Springs

    To wish ill on another person shows your lack of humanity and intelligence. You probably did not even vote.

    November 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    What a surprise, It is difficult to believe that the old fart still has a heart. I am sure the calculated deaths of hundred of thousands of iraqis are weighing heavily on his heart.

    November 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Kathy, Atlanta

    If something does happen, then it is time to roll out the cyborg cheney that he keeps in his man sized safe in his office!!!

    November 26, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Rob T, SF, CA

    Cheney has a heart?

    November 26, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    I hope the doc advises him to resign. God, what a good thing that would be!

    November 26, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Sue Saginaw Michigan

    Sorry, but that is an inappropriate comment by Lorenz. Everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, but he is the VP of the United States and it is wrong to wish such a thing on anyone, and his office deserves respect, even if you don't like the man. I don't like the man at all, nor his politics. But I do wish him well, and good health.

    November 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Dave, Cincinnati OH

    Death could not come soon enough!

    November 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. John, Boston, MA

    I am such an ignorant fool. I did not know Cheney had a heart.

    November 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Scott from Freehold

    What makes this news is that doctors actually heard a heartbeat at all. Cheney's positions suggest a lack of one.

    November 26, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Lorenz, Queens, NY

    One can only hope and pray. With any luck we will never hear from him again.

    November 26, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Henry, VA

    Nancy Pelosi would make a wonderful Vice President when this war criminal's gears stop turning.

    November 26, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Mike G.

    I second that wish; does anyone have a voodoo doll?

    November 26, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. L. Jenkins, Dallas, TX

    I didn't even realize that he had a heart.

    November 26, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I didn't think Darth Cheney HAD a heart....

    November 26, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Karl, Milwaukee, WI

    I DESPISE Cheney, but YOU, Lorenz, with your comment have crossed a line.

    What a slug.

    November 26, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Let the mean spirited and hateful remarks begin.

    What goes around..........

    November 26, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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