Monday, January 09, 2006
AP: Cheney hospitalized, released - Jan. 9
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Vice President (seen at right leaving the hospital) was taken to George Washington Hospital early Monday experiencing shortness of breath, a spokeswoman said. He was released four and a half hours later and was expected at the White House for afternoon meetings.
Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said Cheney was taken to the hospital at 3 a.m. He was released about 7:30 a.m. Doctors found his EKG, or electrocardiogram, unchanged and determined he was retaining fluid because of medication he was taking for a foot problem.
Cheney, who has a long history of heart problems and has a pacemaker, was placed on a diuretic at the hospital.
The foot ailment forced Cheney to use a cane on Friday.'s doctor notified him of Cheney's hospitalization early Monday morning before Bush reported to the Oval office, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said. Bush called Cheney after the vice president was released from the hospital and returned to his residence, McClellan said.
"The vice president indicated to the president that he was doing fine, and the president was glad to hear that," McClellan said. He said Cheney planned to come into work and attend meetings Monday afternoon.
McClellan bluntly dismissed any question of Cheney's future in the administration, saying the president was "absolutely" not considering replacing the vice president.
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