Dick Cheney Gets a New Heart

March 25, 2012

March 24, 2012 (Washington, DC) — Former vice president Dick Cheney received a heart transplant today, according to a statement released by his office. He is currently recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.

Prior to the transplant, Cheney had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in 2010 for worsening congestive heart failure. The controversial and polarizing politician, who had his first heart attack at age 37 and is believed to have had five heart attacks over his lifetime, had been on a waiting list for a donor for 20 months, the statement said. Whether or not Cheney would be a good candidate for transplantation has long been a discussion point for physicians working in this field.

As reported previously by heartwire , Cheney has undergone coronary artery bypass surgery and received coronary stents and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator over the course of his 30-plus-year battle with coronary heart disease. In 2008, he had a recurrence of atrial fibrillation that required treatment.

Cheney aide Kara Ahern said in a statement the vice president does not know the heart donor's identity, but he and his family are forever grateful for the lifesaving gift.

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