As Dick Cheney recovers from heart transplant surgery, questions are being raised about whether the former vice president is too old for a new heart. Cheney, 71, who received the new heart Saturday at a hospital in Falls Church, Va. Some medical centers will not perform a heart transplant on patient over 65, but other major centers will perform transplants on patients who are as old as In any case, transplants at Cheney's age are not unheard of: Last year heart transplants were performed on people over 65, and according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, 14 percent of recepients are over the age of ABC News chief medical editor Dr. But Cheney waited for more than 20 months to receive a new heart.
Former vice-president Dick Cheney had a heart transplant on Saturday and is recovering at a Virginia hospital, his office has said. An aide to Cheney disclosed that the year-old, who has had a long history of cardiovascular trouble including numerous heart attacks, had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months. Cheney was recovering on Saturday night at the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax hospital in Virginia after surgery earlier in the day. The former vice-president suffered a heart attack in , his fifth since the age of
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Dick Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering at least five heart attacks since
He has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska , and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger , eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he later served as the White House chief of staff , from to In , Cheney was elected to the U.