Dick Cheney feared heart attack by terrorists

FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, former Vice President Dick Cheney is introduced during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function. Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. He underwent a heart transplant last year at age 71.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him.

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function.

Cheney has a history of heart trouble, suffering the first of five heart attacks at age 37. He underwent a heart transplant last year at age 71.

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In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. The device can detect irregular heartbeats and control them with electrical jolts.

Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.

Cheney and Reiner are promoting a book they co-authored, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.”

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