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. Kelvin,Derrry,NH

    Wow why don't remove the remaining of that heart if he has any left!

    November 26, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Juan, Long Beach, Ca.

    Does the VP have an exercise or diet regimen?

    November 26, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. DH Saginaw, MI

    Comments like Lorenz's are sick and disgusting. Unless you have something reasonably intelligent to say you should just slither back into your black hole of ignorance.

    November 26, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Greg, Memphis, TN

    "Ah the compassionate liberals.. "

    It has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative. People are expressing their disgust with Cheney & Co. for it's lack of compassion.

    Actually, it is very compassionate and patriotic to recognize the greed, blood lust, hatred, incompetence, etc. of this evil administration. Even diehard Republicans are starting to figure this out.

    "Remember we are all watching.."

    You're probably talking about spying which is different.

    Regardless, Americans are watching Cheney sympathizers, too, and we're tired of what we see. If the last election is any indication, there are more of us than you.

    Peace someday.

    November 26, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Mike Higley Arizona

    While I do not wish ill for this heartless demogogue, I wonder if he and his friends inside the beltway take the time to realize how nice it is to have full coverage/no deductible/paid for by someone else health insurance

    November 26, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Jo, ATL GA

    The Lord said we should pray for our leaders so I will pray for Cheney.

    I make close to 80K and still can't afford Insurance for my family. But they are all well taking care of. Pls Lord help me with the kind of Insurance they have.

    November 26, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Matt, Madison, SD

    Boy... some serious "Bush Derangement Syndrome" going on here!

    November 26, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Daniel, Tucson AZ

    Irregular heart? Makes sense...he has a defective brain as well.

    November 26, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. William Cobb

    How can a this be happening to a man who doesn't have one.

    November 26, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Tucson, Arizona

    Cardioversion, I wish I was there to see it. it's quite a funny procedure to watch.

    November 26, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Ed, Dallas TX

    Are the taxpayers paying for this, or does he have private health insurance?

    November 26, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Now if only they can slip him some truth serum while he's under we might get a descent vice president.

    November 26, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Ed, Dallas, Tx

    VP has an implanted defibrillator. Should it have not shocked his heart back to sinus rhythm? Just interested -(I have had A-fib off and on for 20 years)

    November 26, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. jacob,charles,s.c

    This procedure is cocurrent with something major happening like the reveal of the scandal about the CIA. MMMMMh don't fool us, but wish you you the best!

    November 26, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Rex, Houghton, MI

    A lot of people out there said Cheney doesn’t have a heart. We’ll, he does, it just ain’t right.

    November 26, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Asher, Lansing, Mich.

    "Thats incredible. I did not know Cheney had a heart."

    Yes. It's three sizes too small.

    November 26, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Ed winter park fl

    can you guess how many innocent sick children can not get medical treatment today yet this freeloader who likes other peoples sons and daughters to die or be maimed from war injuries so he can continue to go hunting on the tax payers dollar.

    November 26, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Zach, South Carolina

    Leave it to the liberals to actually wish malice and poor health on an individual, much less a fellow American. It is quite the shame.

    November 26, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Oh Lord, what can you say about this...

    ...because this man suffers from a bad ticker, he has to end the worls at the same time...

    ...some people are just heartless, I guess.

    Anyway, I really hope he gets better, that's because I'm a liberal, I want everybody who's suffering to get better.


    November 26, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Blayze Kohime, Columbus, OH

    Don't be silly. Cheney's heart ran off years ago after Cheney told him he wasn't needed and put out a cigarette in his eye.

    November 26, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Lewis Wolfe, Parkersburg, WV

    The problem is he has no heart!!

    November 26, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. John Pruitt, Roanoke, Virginia

    I cannot think of how you all would be talking if the conservatives made these same comments if it were Bill Clinton! Have some compassion!

    November 26, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. RTH, Bellingham, WA

    JB: I'm glad you're watching – most of what liberals like me want is more people watching. Keep an eye on us, and keep an eye on this government. Freedom suffers when we get complacent or fearful, as it has under this administration, and as it did under FDR's executive order that established internment camps on US soil. Be vigilant. Argue. Listen. These are the bedrock of democracy.

    In any event, I don't want Cheney dead. I do want him impeached and out of office.

    November 26, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. David , Massachusetts

    I would imagine his Doctors will perform Syncronized Cardioversion on the VP. While routine it still has its risks, one being asystole (cardiac Arrest). Black hills if you had A-Fib and they sent you home with an asprin only you need to see another Doctor.

    November 26, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Time for the liberals to show how compassionate they are.

    November 26, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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