Timeline of Dick Cheney's Health Problems
Dick Cheney has just been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in his left leg. This is one of many cardiovascular problems the Vice President has had over the years. Here's a timeline of his health problems, beginning with his first heart attack at the age of 37.
1978: At the age of 37, he suffers his first heart attack.
1984: Has his second heart attack.
1988: Has his third heart attack and undergoes quadruple bypass surgery.
November 22, 2000: Has a small heart attack and has a coronary stent inserted to open a closed artery.
March 5, 2001: After having chest pains, he undergoes a coronary balloon angioplasty in order to stop the artery that was opened in November from closing again.
June 30, 2001: Has surgery to implant a small cardioverter-defribillator (ICD) in order to monitor his heartrate and slow it down when necessary.
Sept. 24, 2005: Undergoes endovascular repair of arterial aneurysms behind both knees after small aneurysms were discovered during his annual physical exam.
January 9, 2006: Goes to the hospital after complaining of shortness of breath and is diagnosed with fluid retention and prescribed a diuretic. The fluid retention was due to medication he had been taken for a foot problem.
March 5, 2007: After complaining of pain in his left calf, he is treated for deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) in his left leg.