Cheney treated with cardioversion for AF

November 27, 2007

Washington, DC - US Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital yesterday with atrial fibrillation and was treated successfully with cardioversion.

Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, was seen by doctors around 7 am Monday at the White House for a lingering cough from a cold but remained at work throughout the day, joining President George W Bush in meetings with Middle Eastern leaders, an Associated Press report notes. The arrhythmia was detected during his examination. He went to George Washington University Hospital at about 5 pm and was discharged about 7:30 pm.

A spokesperson said: "An electrical impulse was used to restore the upper chambers [of the heart] to normal rhythm. The procedure went smoothly and without complication. The vice president has returned home and will resume his normal schedule tomorrow at the White House."

This is the latest in a long history of heart problems for Cheney. He has suffered four MIs, the most recent in 2000, and had a defibrillator implanted in 2001. He also has had CABG surgery, two PCIs, and an episode of deep venous thrombosis on a recent international tour.

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