Former VP of USA suffers 5th Heart Attack
Posted February 24, 2010on:
Former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, suffered his fifth heart attack on Monday. He had been complaining of chest pains before he had his mild heart attack. He was hospitalized at the George Washington University Hospital. At the hospital, he went through stress tests as well as a heart catheterization. According to CNN, “In the procedure, a doctor inserts a catheter, a thin plastic tube, into an artery or vein in the arm or leg and threads it into the chambers of the heart or into the coronary arteries. The test can measure blood pressure within the heart and how much oxygen the blood contains.” He is now in stable condition and deemed to be in good condition. He should be released by tomorrow.
His heart attacks came first in 1978 when he was 37, second in 1984, third in 1988 where he had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery to unclog his arteries. The fourth one occurred in November 2000 when he was in office as the Vice President.
With the advances in modern technology, it has become possible to prevent further harm or fatalities in cases of heart attacks than in years past.