Cheney may get heart transplant

2011-01-18 22:47

Washington - Former Deputy President Dick Cheney says he believes he'll have to make a decision on whether to have a heart transplant, given his medical history.

Cheney tells NBC television in an interview that he's getting by now on a battery-powered heart pump, which makes it "awkward to walk around". He also says he hasn't made a decision yet on a transplant, but adds that "the technology is getting better and better."

Cheney, who was deputy president under President George W Bush, tells the network in an interview, "I'll have to make a decision at some point whether I want to go for a transplant."

On another matter, Cheney complimented President Barack Obama on his handling of the Tucson shooting rampage. Cheney says, "I'm not an Obama supporter by nature, but I thought it was one of his better efforts."

Cheney, 69, suffered a heart attack last year, his fifth since the age of 37. He had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two subsequent angioplasties to clear narrowed coronary arteries.

In 2001, he had a special pacemaker implanted in his chest. In addition, doctors in 2008 restored a normal rhythm to his heart with an electric shock. That was the second time in less than a year that he had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.

  • John - 2011-01-19 08:37

    Dick Cheney doesn't deserve shit! He is war criminal like his best friend Bush. If he dies it will be good ridance to bad rubish!

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-01-19 08:40

    This guy iis so evil, he does not deserve a donor heart. Hes the root of so much evil in the us but the bad live for ever, asweve seen with mugabe.

  • Kevin Rack - 2011-01-19 09:23

    He does not have a heart, they want to put one in. He has been in the American government for over 20 years but has never been elected by the people. So how does he get in, send american kids to war and yet does not represent any voter other than those that direct him what to do. America makes our government look like angels

  • Cynical_BStd - 2011-01-19 16:12

    Dont forget how much money he made out the Fake Bird and Swine Flu epidemics

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