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Heart: An American Medical Odyssey - Dick Cheney, Jonathan Reiner - Google книги

Dick Cheney , Richard B. Cheney , Jonathan Reiner , Liz Cheney. Now, for the first time ever, Cheney, together with his longtime cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, MD, shares the very personal story of his courageous thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in to the heart transplant he received in In , when Cheney suffered his first heart attack, he receivedessentially the same treatment as President Eisenhower had in Since then, cardiac medicine has evolved in extraordinary ways, and Cheney has benefited from nearly every medical and technological breakthrough along the way.

At each juncture, when Cheney faced a new health challenge, the technology was one step ahead of his disease.

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Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. The Doctor Is In! NOOK Book. Large Print. It had been thirty-two years since my first heart attack. Now, in the summer of , seventeen months after I left the White House, I was in end-stage heart failure.

On a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in May, it had become clear my weakened heart could not tolerate the high altitude. I returned to Washington on an emergency flight, and as the plane took off, I realized I might never see my beloved Wyoming again.

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When I got up in the morning, all I wanted to do was sit down in my big easy chair, watch television, and sleep. What was happening to me was hardly a surprise. I had lived with coronary artery disease for many years, and I had long assumed it would be the cause of my death. Sooner or later, time and medical technology would run out on me. Now my heart was no longer providing an adequate supply of blood to my other vital organs.

My kidneys were starting to fail. I was pain free and at peace, and I had led a remarkable life. I thought about final arrangements. I wanted to be cremated and have my ashes returned to Wyoming. It was a difficult subject to broach with my family.

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For them, talking about it made an already difficult situation even worse. But I needed them to know.

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And I needed to say good-bye. As my condition deteriorated that summer, my cardiologist, Dr.

The LVAD transplant team showed me the device, which connects to the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart. The LVAD passes blood through a small pump operating at nine thousand revolutions per minute and returns it to the aorta, the largest artery in the human body, ensuring an adequate blood supply to the vital organs.

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The device is powered by a driveline that passes through the wall of the chest to an external set of batteries or an electrical outlet. The idea of being kept alive by a battery-driven piece of equipment operating at high speed inside my chest was a bit daunting at first, but it soon became apparent that this option offered real hope and the possibility of extending my life long enough to be eligible for a new heart. The average wait was about twelve months. The medical team explained that although the LVAD was originally designed as a bridge to a transplant, some patients were deciding to live with the device.

It was also apparent that they respected and welcomed Jon Reiner, who although he practices at George Washington University Hospital, would be included as an integral part of the team.

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That carried great weight with me given all that Jon and I had been through together over the past fifteen years. The preceding weeks had been challenging. I not only had many of the symptoms of a failing heart, I was also, due to the anticoagulants I was taking, suffering severe nosebleeds, including one so massive it required emergency surgery and a number of blood transfusions. On more than one occasion that spring, we had found ourselves speeding down the George Washington Parkway in Northern Virginia toward my doctors and the emergency room at George Washington University Hospital in the District of Columbia.