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
If there were any justice in this life, Cheney would have to deal with loss of pay, backbreaking medical expenses, and a surgeon with the DT's.
As it is,, no problem for the Veep. He has a sweet deal and and everything a man could use except the compassion of we "little" Americans. Good luck amigo!
A cyanide injection would be very appropriate for the Veep.
Why is this relevant to politics? I honestly believe CNN put this up just so the usual Bush-Cheney haters can have a place to vent their rage and feel better about themselves. Don't believe me? Lorenz from Queens already wants to see Cheney dead– another example of a "caring" and "enlightened" liberal...
HUH??? Cheney has a heart????
You people should be ashamed of yourselves. A decent human being does not delight someone's illness just because you disagree with him or her.
Its time for every leftwing moron to get on here and wish death to Vice President Cheney. This man has protected you from terrorist on a daily basis for the last 7yrs and you ungrateful uneducated leftist wish death upon the man....You people have no shame.
I'm sure it's nothing a little dose of conscience and decency wouldn't cure...
I did not know the devil had a heart...
The report is back, in fact he has no heart. The lingering cough was caused by habitual consumption of crack/cocaine.
Sorry,but this is misleading.You must first have a heart to have problems.Second,you must be Human to have a heart.
With all the lying,cover up, and ripping off the American public, everyones day comes. Maybe Dick will never be able to enjoy the profits of Halliburton !
Appropriately enough, this story is found in the Ticker section.
Full disclosure, I'm on the left and don't care for his politics whatsoever. In fact some of his comments and actions drive me up the wall. With that said, I find it sad that someone would actually write that they hope it goes wrong. Let's show a little more dignity and respect for the human life people!
I hope that VP Cheney turns out alright, I know his family would be devastated if anything happened to him, and the fact that so many people here moch his poor health makes my stomach churn. Liberals are so pathetic. They will truly never be happy until they are living under sharia law, and when that happens they won't be able to kill babies or have gay marraige anymore. sorry.
Ah the compassionate liberals.. I am sure they'll hope for the best..
Remember we are all watching..
Posted By JB, NYC : November 26, 2007 4:04 pm
Personally, I could care less if you're watching. Like many of the other posters here, I share a sense of amazement that the individual on whom Mr. Burns of "The Simpsons" was based even has a heart to begin with.
"Black Hills, SD" raised a good point. How many of us regular folks would get that kind of procedure for a heart arrythmia if we were Cheney's age? Most insurance companies-the same folks who have him and his neocon Republican buddies in their back pockets-would probably refuse to pay for it.
I predicted earlier this year that the Dick would step down as VP sometime in late 2007/early 2008, and Dubya would replace him with one of the GOP presidential candidates currently seeking the nomination.
The Dick would cite poor health as his reason for leaving, of course.
His replacement would get a boost towards election next November by saying he now has executive office experience and by claiming he valorously answered the call when the country was in need.
Giuliani been such an unabashed bush suck-up, I'm thinking he'll get the nod from his best bud, dubya. Or maybe McCain will be selected, as a sort of gesture of apology for dubya treating him so badly during the 2000 election.
This newest episode with the Dick's tiny, hard heart might well be the moment it all begins.
Oh the Democrats.... Party of the people.... unless you disagree with them
I guess we can only sit back and pray for the worst.
Wow the creativity abounds!!!!
I suppose it's too easy to kick someone when they're down, but that seems to be the way of HATERS, and the deconstructionists, not the way of someone who has the best interests of others in mind. Thank you America, now maybe you can understand why the rest of the world finds it so easy to mock us?
Next time when someone in your family has a serious health crisis, remember to make personally denigrating remarks about them. I hope for God's sake, it's not your father or mother you're trying to make points on with your immaturity and selfishly guided goals.
I doubt you would hear any politician making such foolhardy or reckless remarks. God forbid Hillary or Barack had the same fate befall on them, I'd like to see your positions then!
hardly waiting for more comments from compassionate democrats...
I'm an anesthesiologist. This procedure takes less than 15 seconds to perform. I fail to see why it is even newsworthy. Reporting this event in such a sensationalist fashion borders on professional misconduct on the part of Mr. Henry.
Oh, are you "watching" us progressives, JB from NYC?
Smells like, illegal eavesdroppings to me?
Just remove it. He doesn't use it anyway.
This is incredible news, simply incredible. Frankly, I'm sitting here in shock, completely, totally stunned...
To think, that Dick Cheney actually has a heart.