Apparently America’s favorite vice-president was “found to have an irregular heartbeat during a medical evaluation this morning and is undergoing further testing at George Washington University Hospital.”
Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, has an “abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart,” spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said in an e-mailed statement. It was discovered during an evaluation conducted because the vice president had a “lingering cough from a cold.”
Cheney, 66, left the White House about 5:00 p.m. for the hospital, and doctors may treat him on an outpatient basis by applying an electrical impulse to his heart to restore normal heartbeat. This is “a standard treatment,” Mitchell said. The vice president is expected to return home tonight, she said.
Even more surprising to me than this discovery is that his heart is still beating at all after four heart attacks. According to the article, the man has also had “quadruple bypass surgery, two angioplasties and surgery on his legs to repair an aneurysm.” I know one vice president who’s glad he has health care!
Fun Fact: Cheney is only 66 years old! I thought he was at least 80.
Cheney to Get Hospital Check for Irregular Heartbeat – [Bloomberg.com]