Former Vice President Cheney Hospitalized

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted
to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest
health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long
history of heart disease.

Cheney was expected to remain at George Washington University
Hospital over the weekend, said spokesman Peter Long.

It was not immediately clear whether Cheney's health concern was
related to his previous heart troubles. He sustained his last heart
attack, deemed a mild one, in February.

Cheney was not feeling well on Friday and went to see his
doctors at George Washington University. On their advice, he was
admitted to the hospital for further testing.

Cheney's heart attack earlier this year was his fifth since age
37. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is
blocked. In that episode in February, Cheney underwent a stress
test and a heart catheterization.

Long said he had no other details about Cheney's condition.

A face of his party for decades, Cheney has remained a prominent
voice of opposition to the Obama administration. His public career
spanned decades, including service as a lawmaker, defense secretary
and White House chief of staff.

Cheney had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two later
angioplasties to clear narrowed coronary arteries.

In 2001, he had a special pacemaker implanted in his chest. In
addition, doctors in 2008 restored a normal rhythm to his heart
with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year
that Cheney had experienced and been treated for an atrial
fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of
the heart.


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