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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:26 PM
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Cheney to Get High-Tech Pacemaker Exam
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050707/ap_on_go_pr_wh/chen... ;_ylt=Ao_nOc0RDrRyIpNENyYHXi.yFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo a routine exam Friday to check the condition of a high-tech pacemaker that was placed in his chest in June 2001.


Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said the tests at George Washington University Medical Center would include a physical exam, an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a stress test. The vice president planned to be back at work later in the day, she said.

"It's a routine physical," she said. She said the vice president also would have a colonoscopy later this month.

Cheney has had four heart attacks, though none as vice president. His last checkup was in May 2004, and determined that his pacemaker, called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, was working fine and had never had to be activated.

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tk2kewl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:28 PM
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1. on first read i thought it said "peacemaker"
:crazy: he'd fail that one for sure.

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6th Borough Donating Member (670 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:39 PM
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6. On first read I though it said Cheney to get high...
:silly:
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Sabriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:08 PM
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15. I did, too. It was a nice moment of cognitive dissonance. n/t
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gmoney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:29 PM
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2. June 2001?
Was this implant procedure public knowledge at the time? I don't recall hearing word one about anything after they took office. (And I mean that part about "TOOK")
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:29 PM
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3. Oh, stop it; he's in the pink
A couple more double scotches and a burger and he'll be fine.

Only weaklings have heart problems.

What a man! What power and fortitude!

Geez, you guys are SO mean.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:59 PM
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13. His Heart is Fine, Now That They Pried the Wooden Stake Out
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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:45 PM
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24. I really laughed. I'm still laughing!
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uncle ray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:32 PM
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4. wonder if he has one of those recalled ones
hence, his Vail trip that nobody said anything about, followed by a week of rest at his ranch, either dick is in danger of needing his pacemaker and under constant medical supervision, or he is making war at the ranch.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:33 PM
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5. Cheney... Proof That With A Little Help, A Pig's Heart Can Work !!!
:evilgrin:
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:39 PM
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7. Thanks for this, but, What is the actual News Source here?
I looked at Yahoo News (which is a news collection point) but I don't see a source or even an Author.

Their are a LOT of Dis-Info sources out there right now, so I hope you understand my questioning of a story like this. It reads a bit amateurish. :shrug:
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:48 PM
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11. Also, I just noticed, their is no Date in the story either...
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 02:49 PM by Up2Late
It could just be a "cut and paste" of this 7/8/2003 AP/USA Today story:

<http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-07-08-chen... >

Posted 7/8/2003 11:20 AM

Routine check of Cheney's pacemaker turns out fine
WASHINGTON (AP) A routine exam Tuesday found that Vice President Dick Cheney's high-tech pacemaker is working fine and has not even had to be activated.

Doctors electronically scanned the pacemaking device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

"The ICD had not detected or treated any arrhythmia," Cheney spokeswoman Cathie Martin said.

The device was placed in Cheney's chest in June 2001. Cheney has had four heart attacks, though none as vice president.

The noninvasive tests at George Washington University Medical Center also included an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a stress test.

"All the news was very good," Martin said.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:51 PM
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12. it's real go to politics and you see the story for today n/t
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:14 PM
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17. I just found it at "The Guardian," They credit the AP, but still...
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 03:16 PM by Up2Late
...no author. It looks like a Government Press Release. It too similar to the 2003 AP/USA Today story not to be.

It almost looks like it came from an automated source, like a scheduled "PR" Press Release.

Their is too much BS and Dis-Info news out there now (with the goal of discrediting ALL Real News) to not question this so-call "News."

Cheney to Get High-Tech Pacemaker Exam


Thursday July 7, 2005 8:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Dick Cheney will undergo a routine exam Friday to check the condition of a high-tech pacemaker that was placed in his chest in June 2001.

Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said the tests at George Washington University Medical Center would include a physical exam, an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and a stress test. The vice president planned to be back at work later in the day, she said.

``It's a routine physical,'' she said. She said the vice president also would have a colonoscopy later this month.

Cheney has had four heart attacks, though none as vice president. His last checkup was in May 2004, and determined that his pacemaker, called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, was working fine and had never had to be activated.

<http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-512... >
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:41 PM
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8. As I watched War of the Worlds last night, I thought....
If there were widespread Electromagnetic Pulses, would Crashcart's pacemaker fry? If so, who would run the Government?
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:43 PM
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9. Well that little trip to the Mountains of Colorado proved something
It wasn't any highschool football injury
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:45 PM
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10. They might as well have a look at his heart during the colonoscopy
It would save some time.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:07 PM
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14. I'm confused...
Cheney's a heartless, warmongering bastard.

Since when does he have a heart and when did this happen?

My guess is that he's the first salamander heart-transplant recipient. That's where he's been these past weeks--sunning himself on a rock.

I KNEW IT!
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:09 PM
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16. I wonder what his co-pay will be?
Let's see:
visit to primary care physician
physician's fee
visit to specialist office
specialist's fee
lab fee
lab tech's fee
EKG fee
prescription fee
misc. fee

I hope he has good insurance...
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 03:48 PM
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18. To quote from "Miller's Crossing"...
"What heart?"
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Spinzonner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:18 PM
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19. How will they get his head out of the way to do the colonoscopy ?
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NNguyenMD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:25 PM
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20. Cheney aside, those implanted cardio defibrillators are real life savers
they are an incredible technological miracle to those who suffer from heart disease.
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:36 PM
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21. Haliburton's health plan is top notch, isn't it?
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ismnotwasm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:05 PM
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22. Those things are not pleasant.
They "shock" your heart when it goes into a dangerous rhythm. Days are definitely numbered if he's getting one of those, after 4 heart attacks. And who in hell wants to hear about things going up that assholes butt?
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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:43 PM
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23. It's not a pacemaker!!!
Pacemakers are small electronic devices that send electronic signals occasionally to the heart to make sure that it has the correct beat. Most of the time, you can't feel it going off at all.

He has an implanted defibrillator--that same thing as the paddles you see on tv used to shock someone back after the heart stops. When it goes off, he'll be on the floor, crying for his mommy. My husband's had several patients with them, and they all say it hurts like hell and you feel like you're going to die but don't.

You also get a ring to turn the thing off if you want to die--you put the ring up by your heart, and it stops the signal somehow. He had a patient who got shocked over 40 times before the ambulance got there, and he seriously considered using the ring.
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MadisonProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:49 PM
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25. Are you questioning the MSM?
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 05:50 PM
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26. I keep thinking of the colorado visit that doctors and nurses had to.....
sign secrecy agreements and were threaten with their jobs

since it was only

an OLD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INJURY......

that was not just a routine visit......or ..... checkup

WHERE IS CHENEY???????? this was asked since his stop in colorado.

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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:46 PM
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30. I know--that was just freakin' weird.
Secrecy agreements? Like HIPPA isn't good enough for him?

Where is he, anyway?
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ismnotwasm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:09 PM
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27. I took care of a patient
Whose wife said she could feel it when he was shocked when they were in bed.. It didn't hurt her, but she could feel it.
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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:47 PM
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31. That's scary.
I wouldn't want to feel it. That's just weird.

It reminds you of how tenuous life is sometimes and how precious--not Cheney's so much, but everyone else's . . .
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:32 PM
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28. I believe he has both: at this rate he'll be completely machine by 2805
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 06:33 PM by MisterP
great, Vice President Box
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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:48 PM
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32. Just wait until he breaks a hip.
They'll start putting more in, and the next thing we know, we'll have the Amazing Robotic Scary Guy.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:45 PM
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29. Cheney will have a colonoscopy!? he is a colonoscopy
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:39 PM
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33. I hope they don't put his eye out when they do the Colonoscopy.
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laugle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:33 PM
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34. Better hope Cheney lives, or BUSH WILL BE PRESIDENT!!!!
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:48 PM
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35. Here's a picture of his exam....
That's Lynn, I think, on the left....
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