Former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney is scheduled to appear on Wednesday’s episode of “The Dr. Oz Show”, and according to a press release, the American politician told Dr. Oz his epitaph would read “Two Heart”.
Tomorrow Dr. Oz will be joined by Dick Cheney, who had undergone a seven-hour long heart transplant procedure on March 24, 2012. The 72-year-old former VP discusses his personal journey with heart disease, and the long road to recovery after a life-changing surgery. He opens up about stress, his public image, and the steps he took to fight back against the illness and become healthy.
The epitaph comment Cheney made to Dr. Oz might sound morbid to some, however the Native American name given to the hunter at a recent contest in the Western U.S. is symbolic of Dick Cheney’s heart disease.
I just went through a competition in Wyoming called the One Shot Antelope Contest. Every year it's held in conjunction with the tribe, the Shoshone tribe there in Central Wyoming, and they have a ceremony where they give each hunter a name, an Indian name. My Indian name was Two Heart. This was just a couple of months ago when we had that competition and that might not be a bad epitaph for my headstone, ‘Two Heart’.
Dick Cheney waited almost two years for a heart, and due to his age, was criticized for receiving one at 71-years-old. His cardiologist at the time, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, had stated it would not be unreasonable for the otherwise healthy politician to live another 10 years with a new heart. Cheney joked with Dr. Oz about the controversy that surrounded his transplant.
Some people were sorry I got a heart. People joke about it. Others said, ‘we didn't think he ever had a heart, but now we have proof’.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd; check local listings for airtimes.
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