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The former Vice President Dick Cheney has now broken along silence to discuss a number of health issues involving him.
Cheney told NBC news -- game gal that he's getting by now on a battery powered heart pump which makes it awkward to walk around as he put it.
And he touched on the possibility of getting a heart transplant.
The technology's gotten better and better and we've got more and more experience of people living with -- technology.
So I'll have to make a decision at some point more than I wanna go for a transplant.
But we haven't progressed it.
The former vice president will turn seven.
-- is now from Cleveland doctor James bang he's director for heart transplantation.
At the university hospital case medical center search great to see you thank you.
Thank you separate it would be somewhat unusual for a man of his age two to get on such a list for transplant or what it.
Well increasingly it's actually becoming more common.
-- rights we -- -- -- transplantation for younger individuals.
-- carefully selected patients in their sixties and frankly sometimes even their seventies.
Transplantation can be offered but again and highly selected patients that they the -- the former vice president was showing this in this NBC interview -- shows that.
The battery pack on either side talked about the wire that goes into his chest and keeps his heart pumping for now.
It sounds like without without all that he wouldn't be with us is that fair to say.
Have slowed way I actually brought an example of the pump here -- -- -- that this is actually implanted into his body.
This portion is actually the working portion that actually moves the -- around.
You can see it's about the size of a it's a remarkable device -- the we believe now that these devices can last.
Four to six years.
A -- care for and and no -- medical complications occur -- that but you know it doesn't last forever like any machine it's got a lifetime.
Without a transplant what is his prognosis.
Well again with this device has the -- works well.
We we currently believe that he can get several years of actually good quality life most of the studies done with this device.
-- shown that patients who do well with the surgery following the surgery if they real military well -- well for years now with a good good quality of life.
Obviously when the device starts to fail to -- they're important questions come up because the question is.
Do you at that point consider another pump do you consider -- heart transplant.
Court -- simply say it's it's time.
And those -- discussions that I imagine I'm mr.
Cheney Vice President Cheney -- have to have with his physicians doctor doctor saying it's very good if you veer.
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