The Heart of Dick Cheney - Another Angioplasty

Mr. Cheney's heart problems are unfortunately providing us with an ongoing course on coronary artery disease. On November 22, 2000 MedicineNet carried an article entitled "Mr. Cheney's Chest Pain - And Heart Attack." Here are a brief update and references.

-- Editor,


MARCH 6, 2001 -- The Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, left a hospital in Washington, DC today after a procedure to clear a partially blocked coronary artery.

Mr. Cheney has had 4 known heart attacks. He had 3 heart attacks and heart surgery before the age of 50. His first heart attack occurred in 1978, at the age of 37. He had mild attacks in 1984 and in 1988 and in August of 1988 underwent quadruple cardiac bypass because of blocked arteries. Last November Mr. Cheney had another heart attack and had an angioplasty to open a coronary artery. A stent (a wire-mesh tube) was inserted to help keep the artery open.

Since November, the stented coronary artery had narrowed down by 90%. Scar tissue had invaded the stent. The procedure done yesterday was another angioplasty to reopen the stented area of the artery.


Last Editorial Review: 3/6/2001 1:38:00 PM

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