Cheney Cancels Event Over Heart Issue

Goes to hospital for outpatient procedure
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2008 10:13 AM CDT
Dick Cheney waves upon arrival at Milan's Malpensa airport, Italy, Friday, Sept 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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(Newser) – Vice President Dick Cheney canceled a campaign event in Illinois today after experiencing an abnormal heart rhythm. Cheney's press secretary Megan Mitchell said that during a doctor's visit this morning, it was discovered that the vice president was having a recurrence of atrial fibrillation—an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of his heart. Cheney will visit George Washington University Hospital later for an outpatient procedure to restore his normal rhythm.