Dick Cheney in Washington D.C. on Feb. 18 (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Today, former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from George Washington University Hospital after suffering a mild heart attack. Cheney was hospitalized on Monday after complaining of chest pains. Stress tests and a heart catheterization confirmed that the pains were caused by heart attack.
This is the fifth heart attack in Cheney's medical history, with the first occuring in 1978 at the young age of 37. Cheney is now 69 years old.
The former Vice President was described as being in good spirits, and reportedly had lunch in his hospital room with two visitors yesterday, even working to edit a chapter of the book he is currently writing. Cheney is expected to resume his regular schedule soon.
Cheney recently made a surprise appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference last Thursday, just three days before his heart attack. Perhaps the thunderous applause he received from the crowd was a bit much for the man.
Cheney not only has a history of suffering heart attacks, but also causing them, as in 2006, when he shot 78 year old Texas attorney Harry Whittington in the face with bird shot, while hunting on Valentine's Day. Whittington survived a heart attack and atrial fibrillation as a result of at least one lead-shot pellet lodging in, or near, his heart.
This month, The Boston Channel published an informative bulletin from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on heart attack warning signs. It reminds us that mere minutes matter at the onset of a heart attack, and that not all heart attacks have sudden, obvious symptoms.
For more information including a complete list of heart attack symptoms and important related information provided by the American Heart Association and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, click here.