Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Key VP Cheney Heart Transplant Facts

Good wishes to Vice President Cheney for a full recovery, after receiving a transplanted heart over the weekend.  He is one of the millions of beneficiaries of the tremendous advances in heart care since 1981, when my father died during heart surgery, and a few years after the former Vice President had his first of 5 heart attacks at age 37.

Here are key facts about Cheney's transplant:

1. Cheney was on the heart transplant waiting list for 20 months.

2. Cheney took the first heart offered to him.

3. The average wait for a heart is 9 months so Cheney clearly did not receive preferential treatment in receiving a heart.

4. The one-year survival rate for someone receiving a heart who is over 65 is 84%.  Cheney is 71.

5. The odds are favorable for the Vice President to have a life expectancy of 10 years.

Vice President Cheney has had 4 major heart procedures, including the heart transplant, as well as advanced medications.  His life has been extended and enriched as a result.

For those who have full access to America's medical treatments, miracles can and do happen.

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