Mr. Cheney's Chest Pain - And Heart Attack

We wrote this article early in the morning, just after Mr. Cheney had been admitted to the hospital. It is now clear that Mr. Cheney's chest pain was not due to angina but to a heart attack. He had an angioplasty and the insertion of a stent.

We hope this article may still be of some use and give you a Doctor's View of the situation at the time. Chest (and shoulder) pain should not be taken lightly!

-- Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com

November 22, 2000 (9AM) -- The Republican vice presidential candidate, Mr. Dick Cheney, was admitted to George Washington Hospital today with pain in the chest and also in his shoulder.

Mr. Cheney's initial EKG (electrocardiogram) and his initial blood tests for cardiac enzymes were reportedly normal.

Mr. Cheney has a past history of heart problems. Before age 50, he experienced three heart attacks and had a quadruple cardiac bypass. Cheney's first attack at age 37 was in 1978. He had a second heart attack in 1984 and a third one in 1988. In August of 1988, Cheney had the bypass surgery.

Mr. Cheney reportedly has stopped smoking, exercises regularly and takes medicine to lower his cholesterol.


MEDICAL COMMENTS

Did Mr. Cheney really need to go into the hospital?

We would say "absolutely, yes." We agree fully with Mr. Cheney's being hospitalized. It makes very good sense that he be carefully checked to make sure that he has not had a heart attack.

Why would we be worried about a myocardial infarction (a heart attack)?

Well, there are several reasons. First, the chest pain. Mr. Cheney has reportedly had chest pain. This can, of course, be due to a heart attack.