November 26th, 2007
05:10 PM ET
11 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. Tom, Sevierville, TN

    I'm surprised they could find the heartbeat at all...

    November 27, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  2. r.e. lowe allons, tn

    I know dick cheney had a heart for big oil anything crooked i bet he belong to the Alaska republicans lying bastard club?

    November 27, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  3. K, Florida

    His Heart isn't what needs Electroshock Therapy!!!!

    November 27, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  4. Ed, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Please die already!

    November 27, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  5. Charles

    Wow. Some of you will jump at any opportunity to make a snotty remark. I guess you don't have anything better to do.

    November 27, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  6. J.Crobuzon

    His internal impeller just needs more dilithium crystals. Hey, I don't think the guy's ALL bad; only a Sith deals in absolutes.

    November 27, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Dick Cheney has a heartbeat?

    November 27, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Amazing the quality of healthcare treatment you get when you are in Public Office! Too bad those on HMO's can't get the treatment they need.

    My father taught in the inner-city schools of Miami his whole career, and then died from heart disease and had no prescription coverage for his 14 daily pills that cost him $930/month to take just so he could stay alive.

    Why can't we offer the same coverage they get on "the hill" to the average American citizen? At least let us buy our prescriptions where we want to (Canada or USA).

    Someone's getting rich...

    November 27, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Kate, Aurora CO

    I won't stoop to the Republican level so I will wish him well, as far as his health goes anyway. Must be nice though. To have the added luxury of never seeing a medical bill and being insured under one of the best policies. Too bad the majority of your fellow Americans and their children are uninsured and can't afford to get proper healthcare. Maybe you should think about that before supporting a veto for child health care. Just a thought.

    November 27, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Nicosia, Petersburg,Va

    Ain't Karma something Dick. All of lying, manipulation,greed and negative energy that you put out in the universe is coming back to you bite you in butt. Ain't life grand!!

    November 27, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. jennifer, syracuse, ny

    Cheny has no heart. What is irregular is his brain.

    November 27, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    I wonder what the comments would be like if "Cheeseburger Bill", aka "Slick Willy" would be going thru this procedure?

    Wishing some one ill will, reguardless of who he is or what he has done is telling, very telling....

    November 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Christopher, Madison, WI

    To wish ill on another person shows your lack of humanity and intelligence. You probably did not even vote.
    Posted By Steve, Colorado Springs : November 26, 2007 3:52 pm .

    I vote and yes I hope to hell that he dies slow and painfully. I'll bet on the flip side of the coin that all the "terrorists" would die. But in mind I'm sure that would be okay because it's the "Christian" thing to do.
    This man is pure evil and deserves the biggest heart attack ever!

    November 27, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Ron, Kingman, Az

    I just read all of the comments posted by the idiots in America. I feel like Ijust took a walk in a communist country or an Islamic country, We as Americans never wish anybody would die. Human life is precious, All of the people who said he should die need to go back to Islam, they are the only ones who don't respect life.

    November 27, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    Ryan in Indianapolis, Brad of the great state of Texas, and all the Bushies in this forum pretend such dismay and shock over the wide swath of Americans who despise Dick Cheney and his ilk. I hope you remember the 3,000+ young people he and Bush sent to die in Iraq for nothing but oil.

    November 27, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Peter, San Jose, CA

    Jenny from Chicago: oooh... you are not going to watch CNN again, wow, CNN is so scared! They are going to run out of business soon because some gun-loving, war-mongering conservative named Jenny is going to boycott them.

    Go back to watching your fake "news" on Fox.

    November 27, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Will, Palo Alto, CA

    Ryan in Indianapolis:

    "Uneducated leftist"? I suggest you do a poll at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, etc and see how many are leftist and how many are rightist. Face it, red states are mostly in the less developed south.

    November 27, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. mark wilkes barre pa

    Peter from san jose,,,,,,,, CNN ,, this persons comment were way out of line,,, where is your heads on this one. You left off my original comment hear when there were only 8 comments but you would allow filth on ? If a person cant get there point across without cursing, what real value does it hold ?

    November 28, 2007 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  19. Alice, VA

    "Uneducated leftist"? I suggest you do a poll at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Berkeley, etc and see how many are leftist and how many are rightist. Face it, red states are mostly in the less developed south"


    WHAT AN IGNORANT STATEMENT!! One could go into the inner cities and conclude just the opposite. That too would be ignorant, and racist.

    November 28, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. kyle johnson

    Someone please tell me why anyone would like Dick as our vice president or as a human being.

    January 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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