Dick Cheney had already survived five heart attacks , the first at age While at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Without a heart transplant , it was soon determined, he would not survive. I always expected that it would be because of heart disease. Instead, Cheney lived.
A New Pumping Device Brings Hope for Cheney
Cheney has heart pump but no pulse | The Seattle Times
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recuperating from surgery to implant the kind of mechanical pump now being given to a small but growing number of people with heart failure so severe that they would most likely die within a few months without it. The pumps are partial artificial hearts known as ventricular assist devices, and they come in various models. Most such pulse-less patients feel nothing unusual. But they are urged to wear bracelets or other identifications to alert emergency room doctors as to why they have no pulse. The pumps are not cures and do not replace the heart. They pose significant risks and are implanted as a last resort either for permanent use or as a bridge to transplant until a donor heart can be found. An estimated five million people in the United States are in various stages of heart failure.
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The pump that kept Dick Cheney's blood flowing while he waited for a heart transplant has seen a surge in popularity, a trend credited in part to the year-old's successful month stretch with the device. For Cheney, the Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD was a bridge therapy , a temporary fix while the former vice president climbed a lengthy transplant waiting list. Cheney received his new heart Saturday at a hospital in Falls Church, Va.