Out of the Hospital: Dick Cheney Heads Home

Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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Cheney Recovering From Heart Surgery

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital after a month-long stay for surgery on Monday.

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Cheney Recovering From Heart Surgery

A week after undergoing aggressive heart surgery, former Vice President Dick Cheney was up and walking around Wednesday at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Nnorthern Virginia.
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be further down the road to recovery after his most recent heart surgery.

He spent almost a month at Inova Fairfax Hospital before he was let out on Monday. NBC News confirmed reports of his release Monday afternoon.

Cheney returns home with a new pump in his ticker -- more specifically, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) that was installed in early July to help his damaged heart. His hospitalization for the surgery was kept under wraps for about a week before the press got word that he was admitted to Fairfax Inova.

Cheney, 69, has been suffering from heart attacks for decades and said the LVAD was to remedy his new phase of worsening cardiovascular disease.


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