Cheney's change-out: Vice president's ICD replaced

July 30, 2007

Washington, DC-Vice PresidentDick Cheney's implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) was replaced Saturday at George Washington University Hospital, news outlets reported over the weekend, citing a statement made by his deputy press secretary Megan McGinn[1][2][3][4]. There were no complications, and the vice president emerged from the hospital about four hours after he entered, according to the reports.

The procedure had been scheduled after a check of the device during the vice president's annual physical last month showed the battery was nearing the end of its lifetime. The device was implanted in 2001 and, according to the vice president's office, on no occasion did it deliver a shock. The lead system wasn't replaced.

Cheney's cardiovascular health history is one of the world's most publicly documented. As reported over the years by heart wire and news outlets virtually everywhere, it includes four heart attacks before he became vice president, a CABG, two PCIs, and an episode of deep venous thrombosis on a recent international tour.

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