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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former vice president Dick Cheney was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains Monday, an aide said.
Cheney assistant Peter Long issued a statement that the
69-year-old Cheney was resting comfortably and his doctors were evaluating the situation.
Cheney has a history of heart problems and has a pacemaker.
In 2008, doctors restored a normal rhythm to his heart with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year that
Cheney had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation,
an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.
Cheney has had four heart attacks, starting when he was 37. He has had quadruple bypass surgery and two artery-clearing
angioplasties. In 2001, he had a special pacemaker implanted in his chest. The pacemaker's battery was replaced last year, and then the entire device was replaced.
The former vice president has kept a high profile since leaving the White House. He has sparred with the Obama administration over plans to close the U.S. detention facility for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and hold the trials of several high-profile detainees in civilian courts rather than military tribunals.
He made a surprise appearance last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he accompanied his daughter Liz. He was greeted with chants of "Run, Dick, Run," but said "I am not going to do it."
Among his extensive government service, Cheney served as defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush.
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