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Former Vice President Dick Cheney released from hospital


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On Tuesday February 23rd, former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from
George Washington University Hospital, after suffering a mild heart attach.  The 69 year old was hospitalized Monday after complaining of mild chest pains.  During his stay, Cheney underwent a stress test and a heart catheterization, which tested the blood flow to his heart. 

 

This is the former Vice President’s 5th heart attack.  The first attack occurred in 1978, when Dick Cheney was only 37 years old.  Cheney suffered his second heart attack in 1984, and then a third attack four short years later.  In 1988 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery to unblock his arteries. His fourth heart attack occurred in November 2000, which resulted in doctors insertings a stent to open his artery.

 

Chenney is now in recovery and is reported to be "in good spirits."  While the Vice President’s recurring heart problems are upsetting, numerous Americans everyday find themselves in similar siturations.  Which  brings forth the question, “What can we do to help?”  

 In Colorado alone more than 9,000 people die from heart disease a year.  To address this problem, Colorado established The Cardiovascular Health Coalition in the mid 1980's.  The goal of the this organization is to find ways to tackle the many issues associated with heart disease.  Most recently the coalition has started a program called, Colorado Heart Healthly and Stroke Free: Reaching the Future 2005-2010.  This program is designed to help reduce cardiovascular disease and it’s related costs.  The work doesn’t stop there though, Colorado has also enstated an additonal program called, Healthy People 2010.  This program strives to promote the need for early detection of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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