“It’s going pretty well,” the 70-year-old said when asked on “Fox News Sunday” about his health. “I had a rough patch there for a while last year,” he said, but with the help of a special heart pump he’s preparing to go fishing at the end of the month, as well as to continue his work on a book.
Cheney is expected to release a memoir in August that covers his career, including his time as vice president in George W. Bush’s administration.
Cheney has a long history of heart disease, experiencing his first heart attack at age 37. The mechanical heart pump was surgically implanted in July.
“I was in end-stage heart failure when I went into the hospital, and they fixed it,” he said. “I’m a great believer in the technology. But you do have to be sensitive to it. You’ve a lot of gear you’ve always got to have with you. You’ve got to be prepared to keep your batteries charged.”
Cheney said he was undecided about whether to pursue a heart transplant, saying he wasn’t “prepared to make any medical announcements.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.