Originally Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he believes he'll have to make a decision on whether to have a heart transplant given his medical history.
Cheney tells NBC in an interview that he's getting by now on a battery-powered heart pump, which makes it "awkward to walk around." He also says he hasn't made a decision yet on a transplant, but adds that "the technology is getting better and better."
Cheney tells the network in an interview, "I'll have to make a decision at some point whether I want to go for a transplant."
On another matter, Cheney complimented President Barack Obama on his handling of the Tucson shooting rampage. Cheney says, "I'm not an Obama supporter by nature, but I thought it was one of his better efforts."
Cheney, 69, suffered a heart attack last year, his fifth since the age of 37. He had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two subsequent 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. That was the second time in less than a year that he had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.
Well, he has access to the best government doctors (Walter Reed) and the best government-sponsored health care tax payers can buy. The irony of all of this would be lost on him - without a shadow of a doubt. While he is certainly the poster child for "hyprocrite" he is a human being. He should be glad he doesn't live in Arizona though...loll
"At any given time, about 3000 patients are on the national patient waiting list for a heart transplant, but only about 2200 donor hearts become available". Don't suppose this guy will have to be bothered with any waiting lists. How's that?
I love the welling of humanity in this thread. With loving, forgiving, empathetic people in the world who live life reflecting the values the above posts reveal, I am just bubbling with anticipation that our nation will come together in respect and compassion soon. The debate and cooperation needed to solve problems must be right around the corner given how close everyone is following the advice of their compassionate hearts.
It's true that it's just too easy to be cynical and secretly wish for the same bad things that others have perpetrated to be done to them also. It's tough not to react the same way to the same old things we have for eons.
In truth, perhaps we haven't evolved much in terms of enlightenment, but we have more expensive and impressive technology with which to obliterate each other.
It's difficult to feel compassion for someone who is the antithesis of compassion. If Cheney were still around today there would be no consideration of "cooperation" in Congress.
Interesting that hubbers from all political persuasions feel the same way about Cheney. Notwithstanding the jokes, I do hope his operation is successful. It's never too late to grow a conscience and repent.
excerpt from his book, s in his new memoir, “Decision Points,” that Cheney first made the suggestion in 2003 and that he weighed replacing the vice president with former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), then the Senate majority leader.
"We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. How about Dick Cheney?"
No one every accused Bill Clinton of being heartless! That is the irony of this Cheney situation. If Cheney were suffering from any other ailment (and please note I am NOT wishing ANY ailment on him), there would be a lot less discussion. Call it gallows humor if you will. It's still funny.
Let's face it. Dick Cheney (aka the Dark Vader of the Bush Administration) is known for being heartless. Cold. Ice running through his veins. He also did a lot of damage to our country, not to mention Iraq. There are many people -- and not just Democrats -- who believe he should have been tried for treason and belongs in prison. Does he deserve our prayers and well wishes? That's for each individual to decide.
I have to agree. The issue is not about us being heartless about Cheney, but it is ironic that if he actually does get a heart transplant, he is symbolically being given a heart to feel, to overcome his heartlessness. Whether or not he makes that effective is entirely up to him, but I think karma has strangely handed him a second chance.
Iraq - $1 trillion and some change for removal of a dictator, war, and occupation of a foreign nation for going on a decade. How about North Korea while we're at it? Oh, no oil.. my bad. $1 trillion - universal healthcare - WELCOME TO THE WESTERN WORLD USA! Oh, bad for the insurance companies.. my bad.
Well that's ok because see it's easy to pick on someone without a lot of clout in the world or nuclear weapons. Kind of makes you think why all the "wrong nations" are so anxious to get 'em, doesn't it?
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