Cheney Taken To Hospital With Irregular Heartbeat

cheney_satan_1.jpgASSOCIATED PRESS: Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an abnormal heartbeat Wednesday morning and, upon the advice of White House doctors, went to the hospital for a procedure to “restore his normal rhythm.” For the 67-year-old Cheney, who canceled a campaign event he was to attend later Wednesday in Illinois, it will be the second time in less than a year that he will have the outpatient procedure — which consists of an electric shock. The vice president’s office said that after experiencing a problem, Cheney saw the White House physician. It was discovered there that he was experiencing a recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart, said Megan Mitchell, a Cheney spokeswoman. As a result, Cheney went to George Washington University Hospital in the afternoon, Mitchell said. Cheney remained at the White House until time for the procedure, and participated in regular morning briefings with President Bush, among other duties. Cheney told Bush of his condition. The president responded “like he would with any friend,” said spokesman Tony Fratto, by wishing the vice president well and telling him to “go and make sure the doctors do what they need to do.” Later, in Ada, Mich., Bush told reporters that Cheney is “going to be fine. He said he was confident, the doctors are confident, and therefore I’m confident,” Bush said. MORE

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