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Cheney feared heart device in assassination effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function.

Cheney has a history of heart trouble and underwent a heart transplant last year.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" to air on Sunday, Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. The device can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts.

Cheney says that he and his doctor decided to turn off the device's wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.

Years later, Cheney watched an episode of the TV series "Homeland" that had such a scenario.

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