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Cheney passes checkup

Vice President Dick Cheney got good news Saturday from doctors who said his heart was beating normally for a 67-year-old man who has had four heart attacks.

“The vice president's cardiac status remains stable,” Cheney press secretary Megan Mitchell said after the nearly two-hour annual checkup.

Doctors at George Washington University Hospital gave Cheney a physical exam and an electrocardiogram, which is a test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart, Mitchell said. They also took images of stents that were placed in arteries in the back of his knees when Cheney underwent surgery in 2005 to repair an arterial aneurysm.

The doctors found that Cheney had not experienced any recurrence of atrial fibrillation, which the vice president last suffered in November. They also found that a special pacemaker implanted last year had neither detected nor treated any arrhythmia, a problem with the heartbeat's speed or rhythm.

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