Cheney Released From Hospital After Mild Heart Attack

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has left a Washington hospital after suffering a mild heart attack.

His spokesman says Cheney is feeling good and expects to resume his normal schedule shortly. The 69-year-old Cheney was hospitalized Monday with chest pains.

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An aide to Dick Cheney says tests on the former vice president showed he suffered "a mild heart attack."

Cheney was admitted to a Washington hospital on Monday after experiencing chest pains.

Aide Peter Long issued a statement Tuesday saying lab tests at George Washington University Hospital found "evidence of a mild heart attack." Long said the 69-year-old Cheney underwent a stress test and a heart procedure.

He said Cheney was feeling good and was expected to be released from the hospital before the end of the week.

Cheney has a history of heart problems. The newly diagnosed heart attack is his fifth since age 37.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked. The statement from Cheney's office did not say whether he needed to have an angioplasty, a procedure to clear a blockage.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is in a Washington, D.C. hospital after suffering chest pains.

NBC news has learned Mr. Cheney was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Monday.

According to a family member, he is resting comfortably while doctors evaluate his condition.

An angiogram was performed and more procedures are possible Tuesday.

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