February 23rd, 2010
02:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Cheney suffered mild heart attack, office says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.cheney.cpac.gi.jpg caption="Former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a mild heart attack Monday."]Washington (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney suffered a mild heart attack Monday when he complained of chest pains and was hospitalized, his office said Tuesday.

"Lab testing revealed evidence of a mild heart attack," the statement said. "He underwent a stress test and a heart catheterization. He is feeling good and is expected to be discharged in the next day or two."

During the catheterization, which took place at George Washington University Hospital, doctors examined blood flow to the heart and tested how well the heart was pumping.

In the procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter, a thin plastic tube, into an artery or vein in the arm or leg and threads it into the chambers of the heart or into the coronary arteries. The test can measure blood pressure within the heart and how much oxygen the blood contains.

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  1. Charlotte E., Texas

    God be with you Former Vice President!!

    February 23, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    His cold heart is giving out on him. I'm sure the infamous CIA letter he talks about so much didn't help his heart condition either. If I were A.G., I would've had the arrest warrant by Dick's bedside when he woke up.

    February 23, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Eunice Ervin

    Well you know God doesn't like ugly.

    February 23, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. get real

    I don't like him or his version of politics, but I do wish him a speedy recovery. I wouldn't wish sickness on anyone.

    February 23, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Tim

    Speedy recovery to a great American.

    February 23, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. JayJay

    I hate to say this.. but couldnt happen to a nicer guy.. Dick Cheney reminds me of a guy named Baria – he was Stalin's right hand man.. given the opportunity, Cheney would be another Baria.

    February 23, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Anthony

    I do not wish harm or ill-health on ANYONE... although Cheney is the type of man that really makes that difficult. Only because of his lack of compassion for the common man, cold, vile ways, that I almost do not feel for his pain, and i almost think it is karma's way of sending him a message before he tries to re-write history in a way that makes him look anything but evil.

    The universe is a powerful thing, be careful how you make your way through it....

    February 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. joel

    That man has weathered more heart attacks, they are essentially like a fart to him.

    February 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    Wishing no ill on anyone....Hope your feeling better soon.

    February 23, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Is it a silver or wooden stake that's required to terminate this guy? I get my monster remedies confused.

    February 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    The hypocrisy of democrats knows no bounds.
    Remember all the left wingnuts who complained about the comments being made after Murtha's death? They're all here wishing Cheney dead.

    February 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Thrasher

    get well soon mr vp!

    February 23, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Hi I'm TriG, and my mommy scares me :-(

    CHENEY HAS A HEART?!?!?!

    Why isn't this front page news?

    February 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Soak these corks

    Darn, I was just getting ready to pop some bubbly, oh well, I guess we're stuck with him still.

    February 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Cheney should have died

    February 23, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. roger

    Impossible!! He is anatomicly unequiped to have a heart attack. He would have to have a heart first! He should be waterboarded until he reveals what was really wrong.

    February 23, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Wow! I keep forgetting that Cheney has a heart. Well, I guess that I understand that he has a physical heart. I know that he doesn't have an emotional heart that shows anything like compassion or understanding or morals.

    February 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. steve

    just pull the plug...........

    February 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. rdepontb

    All partisanship aside: The individuals who carry out the nation's most sacred business are asked to handle stressors that few of us could possibly put up with. Whatever our politics-mine are not Republican nor Conservative-I appreciate the great personal sacrifices undertaken, and the toll those sacrifices and demands take. Aside from affecting an entire generation or even entire country, it more greatly affects the families and friends of these otherwise fine, normal, red-blooded Americans.

    Let's, please, take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the tone of our national discourse this past year or two.

    February 23, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Come on, lefties, this is a Cheney story. Get your hate on!

    February 23, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Cheney says "President Obama will be a one term president" but perhaps he needs to re-think whether he'll be around to see his prediction. God gives us all a chance for redemption and at Cheney's age it's past time for him to get right because he like myself don't have 20 or 50 years ahead of us; we need to make friends instead of enemies.

    February 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Wanda in Montana

    So he has a heart? Too bad it's totally dysfunctional.

    This chicken hawk has caused more grief than any one person should be allowed. I'd say that my best wishes are with his family, but they don't seem any better, especially Liz. Maybe the other daughter, the gay one, has brought an iota of sympathy from him for a group of Americans who are traditionally hated by his ilk.

    Hopefully "what goes around comes around" will be true for him sooner rather than later.

    February 23, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. JA/TN

    time to stay on the porch, Dick

    February 23, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Dubya

    Dick doesn't have a heart!

    February 23, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    It was a fake one.Hes just hoping for sympathy and a get out of jail free card.

    February 23, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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