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Vice President to have surgery for aneurysm behind knee

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Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to undergo surgery next weekend to treat an aneurysm, his spokesman confirmed to the paid-restricted Roll Call this evening, RAW STORY has learned.

Mary Ann Akers reports:

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“The vice president is slated to have an elective surgical procedure to treat an aneurysm in the artery behind the right knee that was discovered earlier this year during a routine checkup,” spokesman Steve Schmidt said. “It is a condition that needs to be addressed so as not to become a problem over time."

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Schmidt said the procedure will be performed local anesthesia and will involve “a short hospital stay.”

“The vice president will return to work shortly thereafter,” Schmidt said. “More details on the procedure will be made available next week.”

Cheney, 64, had quadruple bypass surgery in 1988 and had a defibrillator implanted in his chest three years ago. He has suffered four heart attacks.

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The condition was caught in July -- via Reuters:

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Jul 19 (Reuters) - Medical tests performed on Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday showed small, dilated parts of the arteries behind his knees, his spokeswoman said.

The condition could indicate an aneurysm - a weak spot in the artery - and can occur in people with clogged arteries, said Kevin O'Donnell, senior surgical physician's assistant at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Leg aneurysms are less serious than those in the brain or abdominal region, and a smaller level of dilation would correlate with lower risk, O'Donnell said.

The tests also showed Cheney has a mild case of esophagitis, an inflammation of the esophagus that in many cases is caused by heartburn. It can be treated with medications.

The tests were performed at George Washington University Hospital and followed Cheney's annual physical and heart checkup on July 8. It showed Cheney's pacemaker had detected no irregular heart beat, a positive sign for the vice president.

Originally published on Friday September 16, 2005.

 


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