“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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.