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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 22:34 GMT
Cheney suffers 'slight heart attack'
Dick Cheney kept up a punishing schedule
Dick Cheney has kept up a punishing schedule
A doctor for Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney has said, contrary to earlier reports, that Mr Cheney has suffered a "slight heart attack".

The former US defence secretary was rushed to a hospital in Washington DC after suffering chest pains early on Wednesday morning.

The doctor said that the secretary was doing well after an operation to implant a stent inside a coronary artery and was expected to make a full recovery.

The statement contradicted George W Bush's assurances earlier that his running mate had not suffered an attack.

Mr Cheney, 59, who has a history of heart disease, was later said to be resting comfortably in hospital in Washington DC.

He has suffered three heart attacks in the past and underwent bypass surgery in 1988.

But he was given a clean bill of health when Mr Bush chose him as a running mate in June.

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