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. A Dem, Colts Neck, NJ

    I'm sure they had to look long and hard just to find his heart. I didn't know that you can shock something so small.

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

    may be time to take little easy for the most influential vice president ever.

    November 26, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    The real news is that Cheney even has a heart! I am surprised that they even found one!

    November 26, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. JoAnn

    real nice, lorenz

    November 26, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Malcolm, Portland, ME

    This is more media bias trying to show the softer side of Cheney before the holiday season.

    Cheney doesn't have a heart!

    November 26, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Stefany, Madison WI

    My husband just had this procedure done on Friday. It has a very low risk of complications. Even if someone is not a nice person or you don't agree with them, you shouldn't wish them ill. It will come back to you at some point because no one is perfect.

    November 26, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Independent in IA

    While I don't wish him ill, if anything were to happen to him I'd spit on his grave, then dance in the mud.

    November 26, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Omar

    I wish him well, but, he is part of the worst administration to EVER be in office at the white house.

    November 26, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Jim Garrison, Evergreen, Colorado

    Please pull the plug!!!

    November 26, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. gWb, Crawford, TX

    250 volts should do the trick.

    November 26, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Chris Pennington, Los Angeles, CA

    I was JUST wondering where the old man has been. Dick Cheney's actions and decisions directly contributed to the tens of thousands dead Iraqi civilians, not to mention the thousands of American armed forces. History will not be kind to Dick.

    November 26, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Mike, Austin TX

    Watch for the resignation and appointment of Rudy Guliani as Vice President.

    November 26, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Jed in Texas

    Darth gets a jump start as Bush continues reading "My Pet Quail".Lets hear some good news like "Cheney Impeached"!

    November 26, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    "How i wish something will go wrong" Bad karma that. No matter how one feels about Cheney politically (and I'm no fan of his in that regard), one should not wish another ill health. It poisons one's mind and leads to amorality in the culture.

    November 26, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Wayne Messer, Orange Park FL

    I wonder if he thinks of the many Iraq's murdered when he planned overthrowing a government.

    Maybe he will get the friend he shot to apologize for a bad heart too.

    Tic, Tic, Hic, ________________

    November 26, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Raymond J. Ryan, Essex, Ct.

    Could this be prelude to a resignation to avoid unpleasant questions ??

    November 26, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. J Houston, TX

    No malice in this just fact. When I have the same symtoms I am told to take an aspirin and relax to see if it gets better. My medical inurance has a 3000 dollar deductable and I am 12 dollars an hour. I work a job and a half to make ends meet. No malice just wondering what is wrong.

    Yeah but your doctor didn't find an arrhythmia while using a basic stethoscope. Your deductable is a month's pay, and you can claim that entire deductible back from your federal income tax. If you need major treatment it sounds like you are well covered. If you want better insurance, pay a higher premium like the rest of us and buy fewer television sets and cheaper cars.

    November 26, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Jim

    Alex: what is the Vice Presidential line of succussion for 1000 please......

    November 26, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. elmerg, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Heart? What heart?

    November 26, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    I do not agree with Cheney on anything and I believe he has done great damage to our nation but, these comments are disturbing. We are all Americans and we are entitled to disagree. But, to make comment that you wish something would happen to the VP is really awful. And those that make these comments publicly ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    November 26, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    We can only hope....

    November 26, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Ticker Shock, Richmond, VA

    Why there must be some mistake. Mr. Cheney doesn't have a heart.

    November 26, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. D Wethers, Tampa FL

    Oh, how good it must be to be a fat cat politician with that wonderful health insurance they have!

    No wonder they could care less about us.

    November 26, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Carol, MD

    He's off to see the Wizard.

    November 26, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Jean Hunter, Mesa, AZ.

    what goes around, comes around, eh, Dick?

    November 26, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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