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. demwit

    Top reasons for Cheney's atrial fibrillation..

    110th Congress accomplishes something in a bipartisan manner.

    Chief Justice John Roberts announces his shift to liberalism.

    Iran gives up it's nuclear generators.

    His wife asks to go back on the Daily show.

    Obama agrees to go bird hunting.

    Hillary asks for back child support, for herself.

    Thursday's lunch and dinner.

    November 26, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Michael Torrance, CA

    Cheney needs the same kind of shock treatments that Jack Nicholson got in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Actually, I think the Nicholson's character had more sense than Cheney.

    November 26, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. M

    He has a heart??

    November 26, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Don't worry. He's not going to die so soon and so easy. Hope his condition should be worst than the condition of former Israeli PM Sharon. He is among one of the blood sucker and the worst sinner. God will not make them die so easily. Instead HE (GOD) shows us how these suckers dies (most worst) as a lesson for us (the next come) so that we do good. That's how GOD guide his slaves. But most of us knows not.

    November 26, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. jane doe

    He has a heart? Who knew?!

    November 26, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Richard, Traverse City, MI

    I didn't know Dick Cheney still had a heart?!?! The things you learn in the news!!

    November 26, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. James Grant, Hanford, California

    Good luck to the VP. Wishing for something to go wrong is just flat hateful.

    November 26, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Craig, Fayetteville GA.

    The Tin Woodman is ill. God Bless medical science.

    November 26, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. JAZ, Reading,PA

    If he needs aHeart Transplant, I hope GW will give his heart

    November 26, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. jim gregory, bethlehem, pa

    They found a heart in Cheney?? Wow, will wonders never cease!!

    November 26, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Sam, Plymouth, MN

    Does anyone else find it slightly amusing that his heart troubles are listed under the "ticker"?
    Don't mind me, I'm a big dork.

    November 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Alzebeth, Pittsburgh, PA

    May he does not come out of it.

    November 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. H Smith

    Step right up, folks, the show of the century is about to begin again! That's right, it's time for BDS on Parade! Anytime a Republican, conservative or just plain decent American has a health problem, the hate-tide rolls in again to befoul our intellectual shores.

    Say, I hear them now! Proceed, filthy cretins of the 'net, proceed!

    November 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Me, Kansas City, MO

    LOL. Doesnt take long for the so called "enlightend" "compasionate" people to wish death on someone. First post! Anyone that wishes something like that on a man and his family loses all credibility as being anything more than a hate filled, horrible person. Get a puppy, it'll make you feel better about life.

    November 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Sandy Chair Beaufort, SC

    A heart?

    November 26, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. York Durden, Columbia SC

    Please die soon and painfully, oh exalted, shadowy leader of us all.

    November 26, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Bob, Col

    That's it. The time has come for him.

    November 26, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Dennis - Las Vegas

    I believe they will use a bat to echo locate his heart, as they are astute at locating items in the pitch black darkness that is Cheney's innards.

    November 26, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Alejandro Silva, Scottsdale, AZ

    It would be nice if it stops beating all together. Oh, wait. He's not a middle-class American, so his procedure should have no problem.

    November 26, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. John, Baltimore, MD

    Thanks CNN...here come the shallow hate comments from liberals...how compassionate of them...hyprocrites.

    November 26, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. nike2422

    My step father had this same procedure done and dropped dead three days later. Of course you have to have a heart to shock for it to work.

    November 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Boyd Scheff, Huntington, NY

    I'm quite surprised. I thought you had to have a heart in order to experience an irregular heartbeat.

    November 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Russ Kailua Hawaii

    I hope His heart is burning, just like our young Americans in Iraq.. WHERE IS OSAMA? Talk about a failed administration. They stated with the highest surplus now we have the highest debt. As long as Cheney's friends at Halliburton are doing well. He doesn't care about dead kids. I also hope things go wrong for this cold cold man.

    November 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Bill, IA

    His heartbeat probably isn't irregular...for Satan.

    November 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Chris, Los Angeles, California

    I think it's funny that this article is on the "ticker." Well done, CNN.

    November 26, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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