Richard Cheney: Letters from his Physicians (July 2000)

These letters, written by Cheney's physicians, were released at the time it was announced that Cheney would be the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in the 2000 election 1. They are here reprinted verbatim.

From Gary Malakoff, director, Division of General Internal Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center:

Mr. Richard B. Cheney has received his care at The George Washington University Medical Center since 1985; I have been his primary care physician since 1995. At this time, Mr. Cheney is in excellent health. His major medical problems include: Mr. Cheney is in excellent health. I monitor him closely for his known medical problems. He is up to the task of the most sensitive public office.

From Jonathan S. Reiner, director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at George Washington University Medical Center:

Mr. Cheney has a remote history of an interior wall myocardial infarction that occurred in the late 1970s. Cardiac catheterization following that episode revealed moderate coronary artery disease and he was managed medically for the next several years. A small, second myocardial infarction occurred in 1984, and again in June 1988. Cardiac catheterization during that hospitalization demonstrated an increase in the extent of his coronary disease and he subsequently underwent successful coronary artery bypass graft surgery at George Washington University by Dr. Benjamin Aaron. Following surgery, Mr. Cheney returned to his vigorous lifestyle and has been essentially asymptomatic for more than a decade. Recent nuclear stress tests have been stable, and unchanged, for the past several years. Recent echocardiography shows some left ventricular dysfunction consistent with the history and distribution of his remote myocardial infarctions.

Clinically, Mr. Cheney continues to lead an asymptomatic and extraordinarily vigorous lifestyle. He travels extensively for work, exercises 30 minutes per day several days per week on a treadmill, and engages in vigorous recreational activities such as hunting.

Cited Sources
  1. Associated Press. Letters from Cheney's doctors. July 26, 2000.

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