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. Shannon shiflett, charlottesville, virginia

    So this is what it means to be a compassionate conservative–you send get-well cards to war criminals.

    November 26, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. DB, Virginia

    Liberal or not, compassion for anyone in this administration is not possible! Especially Tricky Dick II... They themselves have no compassion for the people of America, nor the world. Its made clear by healthcare, war, and the overtaxing of the underclass and undertaxing of the upperclass AKA "low taxes for Americans"

    Dick, I do not wish you well as you do not wish us well. But at least you have health insurance, must be nice.

    November 26, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Brad Jones

    Why should anyone, liberal or conservative, be concerned with Cheney's health? He is certainly not concerned that he has sent thousands to die and be injured in Iraq in a war based on lies.

    November 26, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I wish Cheney well, however, why is it that Cheney always has a procedure done when something important is going on that should or does involve him.

    Posted By Farrell, Houston, Tx : November 26, 2007 4:06 pm

    I wonder how long it would take a wounded soldier to get similar care......

    November 26, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Mary Hughes, Phoenix, AZ

    First, you have to HAVE a heart!

    November 26, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Linda Vaitkus, Quincy, MA

    Cheney must have finally met Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt ...

    November 26, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Louis, San Francisco CA

    Since when does Dick Cheney have a heart?

    November 26, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. George W. Scherf, DC

    I'm sure doctors could jump start his heart to regular rhythm if he found out he was about to be waterboarded.

    November 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. James, Waterford MI

    As a country of Americans and as a country of human beings, we and I wish him and his family nothing but the best!!!!

    November 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Don - Minnesota


    November 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Bob, Scottville MI

    I am a nurse. He has a pacer/defibrillator. That is what the pacer is for to keep a regular beat. His heart must be really screwed over big time for the pacer not to have corrected the a-fib. Could not have happened to a meaner bigger creep. He deserves everything coming to him and I think this may be it.

    November 26, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Charly Stoll

    If there was ever a time for mal practice!

    November 26, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Janice, Victoria, TX

    I'm thinking back to all the people in the high eschelons of White House administrations who have died in office amid scandal. Let's say that the many people posting comments get their wish. I predict that suddenly all blame for unconstitutional behavior will be laid on his grave like dead flowers. Case closed!

    November 26, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. christian Good, Melville, NY

    must be nice to have government health insurance for an old man's heart. now if only we can get our kids some.....

    November 26, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Laura Tulsa OK

    If you depend on the illness of another person to gain an advantage of your own political ideas, then God help you.

    November 26, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. utah

    Cheney has a Heart?

    November 26, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. RB, from the bay state

    The only irregular thing is the fact they even found one in his chest. Isn't medical technology wonderful?

    Or is this the ploy we all suspected – Darth suddenly has to leave office for medical reasons and W gets to appoint a VP just in time for the '08 campaign.

    November 26, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ

    Root for the clot!

    November 26, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Lumberjack, Lower Arkansas

    Is he trying to grow a conscience? That must be what's causing the irregular heartbeat. Time to cut out the tumor.

    November 26, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Is the battery in his pacemaker a DieHard?

    November 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. trent porter, tx

    Cheyney is the "Tin Man" in the wizard of Oz – always needs oil, but unfortunately never finds his dream of a real heart.

    November 26, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Lance, Beaverton, OR

    *Insert some unoriginal variation of a Dick Cheney has a heart joke*

    Good to know there are still compassionate people on the left.

    November 26, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Ossama, Houston

    If only his heart could stop – I think he has done enough for the humanity and our planet. The future planned war with Iran might be avoided.

    November 26, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Gary , CT

    Lorenz, Is this some sort of curse? Watch out; what goes around, comes around.

    November 26, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |

    Me neither. When I saw the headline I thought he might be having a heart transplant.

    November 26, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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