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. Juan Jimenez, San Juan, PR

    Don't be fooled. Just because it's a muscle and it twitches doesn't mean it's a heart. Remember what Bush's mom said when someone suggested her son has a brain. "He's not the brightest bulb in the marquee."

    November 26, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Irregular heart beat? Hmmm I would increase the virgin sacrifices if I were the dark lord Cheney.

    I hope he gets better though. No matter how vile the human being is, he is still a person, so ugh...

    November 26, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Ron Nebraska

    To be fair to the big Dick, it's entirely possible the disruption of blood to his brain during his 27 heartattacks could have changed him enough that his brand of insanity is not really his fault. It definately affected his shooting skills so what else has been altered in the man?

    November 26, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Dr.Reality

    Will a taser work?

    November 26, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. erika morgan black dimond wa

    If I'd abused my position the way Chaney has abused his oath, position, the Constitution, the public treasury and even his "friends" I'd have heart trouble too! Any worthwhile person would hear the "voice" of a Higher Power calling for amends and atonement.

    November 26, 2007 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Nick mihaleff Sydney Australia

    Why not use a taser or water boarding after all he says it isn't torture

    November 26, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Just like WMD's in IRAQ, once his team starts the operation, they find out there was no heart to begin with.

    November 26, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    You have to have a heart in order to register a heart beat.

    November 26, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Dave Iles, Woodland Park, Colorado

    Cheney, if you need a new heart then, go back home to Wyoming and find a fresh cowpie or you can save the trip and use the old one in King George's head.

    Just kidding Dick, if you want to get fixed on the cheap – go up to any one of your cops and start talking about freedom, liberty or saving the Constitution and the thug will be happy to taser you with 50,000 volts of fascism!

    Never mind Dick that 280 innocent Americans have died from tasers since 2001 by your police-state. Feel lucky Dick?

    Oh, that shortness of breath is only from trying to sound like Varth Vader.

    If you die, please say hi to the dark satan for us or... are you Satan?

    November 26, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Steve, Durham, New Hampshire

    That is sick to wish "something will go wrong." I am certainly no fan of Vice President Cheney, but that does not mean that I wish that upon him.

    November 26, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Lena M - Greensboro, NC

    Did he need pre approval from his insurance company for the procedure???????

    November 26, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Jhon B. Toledo Ohio

    Are you guys sure he has a hart? From all he has done . I could have sworn he didn't! Better check those x- ray's again! There isn't anything in that chest even close to a beating hart!!

    November 26, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Martin, Arlington VA

    The stage is now set. Look for "Big Dick" Cheney to resign in January of '08. A new, hand-picked neo-con will fill his office. In the summer of '08, the new V.P. will announce a run for election in Nov. '08. By ANY means necessary, HE WILL WIN! 8 more years of neo-con lunacy.

    November 26, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Alethia, Iowa

    Obviously Cheney has an irregular heartbeat, and irregular brain waves, irregular cognitive abilities, irregular speech patterns....

    November 26, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Translation, Duck and cover! Some S%$#t must be rolling down hill and he needs to provide a distraction.

    November 26, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. Alexander, Washington, D.C. USA

    Cheney has a heart?

    November 26, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Jack, Jacksonville, FL 32207

    Hopefully the procedure will place a heart in the vice president. He doesn't have one now.

    November 26, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Bill, Alabama

    They should have electrically stimulated his brain. He needs stimulation there more than he does his heart.

    November 26, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Jim M. Gau; Hancock, MI

    So many traitors to our nation making comments about Cheney having no heart, hoping something would go wrong with his operation, etc.! I seem to recall treason being a crime, or are you just not real Americans? If I could, I would try you for just that, but since I can't, I wish I had you all here to at least violate your civil rights with the toe of my boot. Whether you like him or not, try showing our Vice-President a little respect!

    November 26, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  20. Arnez, Culver City, CA

    We should all wish that Cheney gets well soon so he can get back to the business of running the country

    November 26, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Write-in Colbert, Michigan

    What was so irregular? The fact that it was actually beating?

    November 26, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. harry,Iowa

    I think we need to operate him and find out the truth about all crime they have committed!

    November 26, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Somebody, Somewhere CA

    I hope they accidentally switch the High Voltage on.

    November 26, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. Dick Tinman "If I only had a heart" Cheney, A secret undisclosed location, USA

    If Dick Cheney ever had to go under general anesthetic while in the hospital, does that mean George Bush would become acting president until Cheney regains consciousness and is able to resume his duties?

    November 26, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Maybe we shouldn't let him get treatment. Why can he get care when thousands of us can't? That ain't right.

    And to those of you who are surprised Cheney has a heart: he does indeed have a heart. The thing is, it's one of the smallest, coldest, blackest, hardest hearts ever to be in office.

    November 26, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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