Cheney’s heart

 Posted by at 18:48  Politics, Republicans
Jul 142010

We wish him well…

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gets new heart device

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a long history of heart problems, said on Wednesday he has had a new heart pump implanted.

“A few weeks ago, it became clear that I was entering a new phase of the disease when I began to experience increasing congestive heart failure,” Cheney, 69, said in a statement.

“After a series of recent tests and discussions with my doctors, I decided to take advantage of one of the new technologies available and have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted,” he said.

“The LVAD is a small implantable pump that improves heart function and will enable me to resume an active life.”

Cheney, who has had five heart attacks, the latest in February, said the surgery went well and he was recuperating.

LVADs helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that cannot work effectively on its own. They are usually implanted only in patients with severe heart failure and are nicknamed a “bridge to transplant”, according to the American Heart Association.

Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition that develops as the heart loses its ability to pump properly and gradually enlarges.

I was going to insert some snarky remark here about health insurance — bet he’s glad he has good health insurance — but decided it probably wouldn’t be appropriate.