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 four decades.
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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