Cheney Had Heart Attack, His Fifth
WASHINGTON â€” Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a minor heart attack but was expected to be released from the hospital within a day or two, according to a statement released Tuesday by his office.
Mr. Cheney, 69, who has a history of heart problems, has been hospitalized at George Washington University since Monday after suffering chest pains.
â€œLab testing revealed evidence of a mild heart attack,â€ the statement said. â€œHe underwent a stress test and a heart catheterization. He is feeling good and is expected to be discharged in the next day or two.â€
The former vice president began having heart problems in his late 30s.
Before the current episode, Mr. Cheney had four heart attacks, quadruple-bypass surgery and two procedures to unclog his arteries. In 2001, he underwent an operation to implant a defibrillator. In July 2007, that device, similar to a pacemaker, was replaced. He has also received electric shocks to correct irregular heart rhythms.