Advances in cardiology saved the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney more than once, as he describes in his new book "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," co-written with cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner, cath lab director at George Washington University Hospital. Following his most recent brush with death, Cheney received a heart transplant after being kept alive for 20 months by a left ventricular assist device. His doctor likened the experience to encountering all green lights when running late, said Cheney: "That's exactly what happened. When I needed an implantable defibrillator, I had it. When I needed stents, we had it. Cholesterol-lowering drugs, we had it."
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