Dick Cheney to Survive for Two Years with Help of Heart Pump Implant

Dick Cheney to Survive for Two Years with Help of Heart Pump Implant

A heart pump has been implanted in the chest of the former Vice President Dick Cheney, as his heart disease has become end-stage congestive heart failure.

In such kind of a heart failure, the prognosis is dreadful. As per the reports of Washington Post, only eight percent of patients may survive for two years, in such heart failure. With this left ventricular assist device, there is a 58% chance for Cheney to survive for two years. He got the implant done at Inova Fairfax Heart Vascular Institute, last week.

He had suffered from 5 heart attacks, so far. The device is implanted next to the heart and has been connected to a wire that runs through the abdomen to an external battery pack in the exterior of the body.

Dr. Timothy J. Gardner, a heart surgeon at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware said, "The HeartMate II is used in situations where the patient's native heart continues to pump, but not normally and effectively".

But patients on this medical device are prescribed to take anticoagulant drugs; as such patients are at an increased risk of forming blood clots in the pump circuit, which can cause a stroke, if they reach the brain.