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. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    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!

    November 26, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Howard Marcus, Herndon, VA

    A cyanide injection would be very appropriate for the Veep.

    November 26, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    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...

    November 26, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Richard Miller, Billings, Montana

    HUH??? Cheney has a heart????

    November 26, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Scott, Brooklyn, NY

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Ryan Indianapolis

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Brook Mantia, Fremont CA

    I'm sure it's nothing a little dose of conscience and decency wouldn't cure...

    November 26, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. ray, cle. oh.

    I did not know the devil had a heart...

    November 26, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Wichita, KS

    The report is back, in fact he has no heart. The lingering cough was caused by habitual consumption of crack/cocaine.

    November 26, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. docrock,lewisville,tx

    Sorry,but this is misleading.You must first have a heart to have problems.Second,you must be Human to have a heart.

    November 26, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Don Calgary Alberta, Canada

    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 !

    November 26, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Tom from Maine

    Appropriately enough, this story is found in the Ticker section.

    November 26, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Tim, Phoenix AZ

    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!

    November 26, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Atlanta

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. SJ, Omaha, NE

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Maeve

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Matt, Chico, CA

    Oh the Democrats.... Party of the people.... unless you disagree with them

    November 26, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. DA, Honolulu HI

    I guess we can only sit back and pray for the worst.

    November 26, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. dennis East Brunswick NJ

    what heart...

    November 26, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |

    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!

    November 26, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Jon H., Denver, CO

    hardly waiting for more comments from compassionate democrats...

    November 26, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. Eric, New York, NY

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. monkey

    Oh, are you "watching" us progressives, JB from NYC?

    Smells like, illegal eavesdroppings to me?

    November 26, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Karen - Novato, California

    Just remove it. He doesn't use it anyway.

    November 26, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    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.

    November 26, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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