Breaking news: Cheney in D.C. hospital with chest pains...

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-- (breaking@news.radio), November 22, 2000

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November 22, 2000

Cheney Hospitalized with Chest Pains

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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WASHINGTON Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney was hospitalized Wednesday morning with chest pains and was undergoing tests, Bush campaign spokeswoman Karen Hughes said.

"My understanding is that Secretary Cheney had some chest pains early this morning, and as a precaution, he went to George Washington Hospital where he is undergoing tests," Hughes said.

She said she was notified at 6:08 a.m. that Cheney had just been admitted.

Hughes said campaign chairman Don Evans spoke to Cheney by telephone in the hospital and the former defense secretary sounded calm and described himself as comfortable.

Cheney has experienced chest pains in the past and has admitted himself for testing as a precaution during those past episodes, Hughes said.

When Bush selected Cheney as his running mate, he knew the former Wyoming congressman and White House chief of staff had a history of heart problems.

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), November 22, 2000.


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-- Where to (find@breaking.news), November 22, 2000.


These guys clearly don't have the "right stuff" to run this country. They haven't even been elected yet, Shrub's head is turning into a zit, and Cheney is having heart attacks.

BTW, if he dies, rightwingers will blame it on the evil "Klinton".

-- (can't@handle.it), November 22, 2000.


Dear Cant: ^^^

Given your last statement perhaps you would like to explain to me how you will feel IF Cheney doesnt make it?

(This IS an attempt to make you FEEL guilty, it is strictly intended to do such, if not, oh well.;-)

-- DR. Consumer (shh@aooool.com), November 22, 2000.


Wednesday November 22 2:55 PM ET Cheney Has Artery Stent Put In

By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors operated on Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney on Wednesday to insert a stent inside a heart artery that had narrowed and was causing his chest pain.

Cheney did not have a heart attack, but admitted himself to George Washington University Hospital early Wednesday with chest pains. Testing uncovered an artery that had narrowed since his last heart checkup in 1996.

A stent was inserted through a blood vessel without having to put Cheney under anesthesia and should prevent further symptoms, said Dr. Alan Wasserman, a professor of cardiology at the hospital.

Cheney had the procedure performed around 10:30 a.m. EST and was back in his hospital room resting comfortable, doctors said during a briefing.

``His prognosis is excellent at this point in time,'' Wasserman said. ``He should get back to normal functioning in a few weeks at most.''

Cheney, 59, suffered three heart attacks more than a decade ago and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 1988 to clear clogged arteries. Doctors gave him a clean bill of health when Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush chose him as his running mate.

Cheney's medical problem threw Bush an unexpected curve in the midst of a political crisis over Florida's vote count which will decide the presidential election.

The GOP nominee went before reporters in Austin, Texas, to say that Cheney was doing fine.

``Dick Cheney is healthy. He did not have a heart attack,'' Bush said. '' He did the right thing. ... Anybody who's had heart conditions will tell you if there's any signs, any warning signs at all, it's important to have it checked out and that's what he's done.''

A stent is a scaffolding-like device that doctors thread up into an artery to hold it open so blood can flow freely. Doctors said Cheney's quick arrival at the hospital and prompt treatment prevented any heart damage.

``It is possible that had he not come in something serious could have happened,'' Wasserman said.

Wasserman said Cheney would spend two to three days recovering but should have no restrictions after he leaves.

-- eve (eve_rebekah@yahoo.com), November 22, 2000.



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