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10/15/2008 News

Vice President Experiences Abnormal Heart Beat

A spokeswoman says Vice President Cheney experienced an abnormal heart beat this morning and will see doctors this afternoon for outpatient treatment to "restore his normal rhythm." It's the second time in less than a year that he'll have the procedure. Cheney has canceled plans to attend a campaign event today in Illinois.

In November 2007, doctors had to administer an electrical shock to Cheney's heart to restore it to a normal rhythm. That irregular heartbeat, like this one, was determined to be atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.

Cheney has had four heart attacks, 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. In 2005, he had surgery to repair an arterial aneurysm on the back of each knee.

In his checkup in July, doctors said Cheney's heart was beating normally for a man of his age and health history.

Michael Thompson, 6pm News Producer.

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