Former U.S. VP hospitalized with chest pain

09:05, February 23, 2010      

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Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks about national security at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington May 21, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has been hospitalized with chest pains, his office said on Monday.

Cheney was resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital and doctors were evaluating his situation, the office said in a statement.

Cheney, 69, has had four heart attacks from 1978 to 2000. In 2001, doctors implanted a cardiovertor-defibrillator in his chest. In 2008, Cheney was treated for a recurrence of an abnormal heart rhythm.

Cheney's long-term cardiovascular disease and periodic need for urgent care, however, did not prevent him from serving in public office.

Before he served as the vice president from 2001 to 2009 in the Bush administration, he also served presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

The latest public appearance of Cheney was on Saturday at the Consecutive Political Action Conference in Washington, where he said "I think Barack Obama is a one-term president."

Source: Xinhua
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