Former VP Dick Cheney in Grand Rapids to talk about heart disease
Caroline MacGregor April 21, 2014 | WGVU Former Vice
President Dick Cheney stopped by the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart
Center to talk about his heart condition. Cheney, who suffers heart disease, talked
about how his vigilance with checking symptoms, has helped him survive.
“I was able to survive five heart attacks because I never postponed going to the hospital when something did not feel right”.
At the age
of 69, Cheney reached end stage heart failure. It was the summer of 2010; his heart
was no longer moving enough blood to service his vital organs. Believing
technology could no longer stay ahead of his heart disease, it seemed the former vice president was
out of options. Convinced of his looming mortality, Cheney was at
peace with that knowledge. However, there was one more option, a Left
Ventricular Assist Device, which kept Cheney alive long enough to undergo a heart
transplant in 2012.
his views on the current administration and US response to events like the crisis in Syria and Crimea, Cheney
believes former allies of the US no longer trust us and our adversaries no
longer fear us, calling the outlook "bleak". President Obama, Cheney says, sees the world the way he wishes it
was, not the way it really is.
“We have created an image around the world of weakness; I think he hasn't got any credibility with our allies.”
Cheney used Russian
President Putin as a clear example of someone who has taken advantage of the
perception of this country’s weakness. He went on to say the US military is headed
toward an army of fewer soldiers than before Pearl Harbor and is no longer considered
a force to be relied upon.
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