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Dick Cheney leaves hospital after heart transplant

April 03, 2012|By Michael Muskal

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after receiving a heart transplant, his office announced.

The surgery on Cheney, who has had a long history of heart troubles, was performed at Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Va. In a prepared statement, Cheney thanked his doctors and the unknown donor.

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released today from Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute ten days after heart transplant surgery. He would like to thank the physicians at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospitals for the outstanding care they have provided," the statement said. "He and his family are also grateful to the ICU nursing staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute.

"As he leaves the hospital, the former Vice President and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor's family for this remarkable gift.”

Cheney, 71, waited nearly two years for the heart. He has had five heart attacks since the age of 37 and suffered his most recent one in 2010.

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michael.muskal@latimes.com

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