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Former VP Cheney hospitalized, resting comfortably

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's condition is being evaluated a day after he was hospitalized for chest pains.

Cheney assistant Peter Long issued a statement yesterday saying the 69-year-old is resting comfortably at George Washington University Hospital.

Cheney has a history of heart problems, including four heart attacks starting at age 37.

Cheney had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two later angioplasties to clear narrowed coronary arteries, and bypasses tend to last about a decade before the rerouted blood vessels start to clog.

In 2001, he had a special pacemaker implanted in his chest. In addition, doctors in 2008 restored a normal rhythm to his heart with an electric shock.

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