An American Medical Odyssey
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his longtime
cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, share the story of
Cheney’s thirty-five-year battle with heart
disease—providing insight into the incredible medical
breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last
For almost as long as he served at
the highest levels of government and business, Dick Cheney
has been one of the most well known cardiac patients in the
world. When he suffered his first heart attack in 1978,
Cheney received essentially the same treatment as President
Eisenhower did after his heart attack in 1955. Since then,
coronary care has undergone revolutionary changes. The story
of these changes is told through the chronicle of Cheney’s
own heart disease and the treatments he received.
In Heart, for the first time ever, Dick Cheney
shares the very personal story of his health struggles.
Heart traces the history of cardiology over the past
forty years through the alternating narratives of Cheney and
his longtime cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner. In their
voices, readers will learn about Cheney’s personal
experiences, get a glimpse into the all-important
doctor-patient relationship, and learn about the
cutting-edge science that has radically changed the way we
think about and treat the disease. By revealing the intimate
details behind his five heart attacks and most recently, his
heart transplant, Cheney offers hope to the millions
struggling with cardiovascular disease around the world.
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