Fmr VP Dick Cheney may need a Heart Transplant:
Mr. Cheney’s heart will never beat at full strength again, doctors say. His new mechanical pump, a partial artificial heart known as a ventricular assist device, leaves patients without a pulse because it pushes blood continuously instead of mimicking the heart’s own beat. Most pulse-less patients feel nothing unusual, but the devices do pose significant risks of infection. They are implanted as a last resort either for permanent use or as a bridge to transplant until a donor heart can be found. Mr. Cheney, who has participated in some of the nation’s toughest decisions for decades, now faces a crucial one of his own: whether to seek a full heart transplant.
It is a decision he will most likely be forced to make within months. He is old enough that soon he will no longer qualify for a transplant, doctors say. And while it is possible for some patients with Mr. Cheney’s device to live for years, the long-term prospects remain unknown.
His family and friends will not talk publicly with any specificity about the former vice president’s heart condition or the steps he might be taking to confront it.
Looks like there already is an age cutoff for certain medical procedures without the new Health Care Law. Who knew? Certainly not Sarah Palin or we would have hear about it by now. This sounds like a job for Sarah to tackle immediately.
But at least Cheney doesn’t live in Indiana or Arizona, because I hear the death panels there are particularly indiscriminant.