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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 23:23 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.


Secretary Cheney is continuing to do well, we continue to expect a full recovery and to see him back to normal activity very shortly

Dr Alan Wasserman
Dr Alan Wasserman, a doctor at the George Washington University Hospital, said Mr Cheney was doing well after an operation to implant a stent inside a coronary artery.

He said he would make a full recovery in a matter of weeks.

Earlier hospital statements had explicitly denied the possibility of a heart attack.

George W Bush also gave assurances that his running mate was "healthy" and had not suffered an attack.

'Not serious'

Dr Wasserman said that Mr Cheney's condition was not serious.

Cheney and Bush
Concerns were raised when Mr Cheney was named as running mate
As little as a year ago, Mr Cheney would not have been categorised as having a heart attack, he said.

But the American Heart Association recently established a definition for heart attacks that included raised enzyme levels in the blood.

The levels would have to be 20-30 times higher for the heart attack to be considered significant, he said.

History of disease

"Secretary Cheney is continuing to do well, we continue to expect a full recovery and to see him back to normal activity very shortly," he added.

His operation took two hours and was conducted without a general anaesthetic.

It involved inserting a stent, a device used to prop open artery walls and restore full blood flow.

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 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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