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Cheney Heart Transplant

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Cheney Heart Transplant, Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney was recovering on Saturday after undergoing heart transplant surgery, a once risky procedure whose survival rates have improved over the years.

The 71-year-old Republican, who wielded unprecedented power as vice-president during the George W Bush administration’s war on t*rror*sm, was in the intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.

Cheney, who has suffered five heart attacks, the first at age 37, had been on the cardiac transplant list for more than 20 months before he received the heart from an anonymous donor.

“Although the former vice-president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” the spokesperson, Kara Ahern, said.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about 88% survive the first year after heart transplant surgery and 75% survive for five years. The 10-year survival rate is about 56%.

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