Official: Cheney in Washington Hospital, ‘Free of Discomfort’

Published November 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Republican vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney was "free of any discomfort" Wednesday, having earlier been admitted to hospital suffering from chest and shoulder pain, a spokeswoman for the Bush campaign said. 

Bush campaign communications director Karen Hughes said Cheney, 59, who underwent quadruple heart by-pass surgery in 1988, would remain in hospital for further tests, but that his electrocardiogram was normal. 

"Secretary Cheney was admitted to George Washington Hospital with chest and shoulder pain earlier this morning. His EKG shows no change and initial bloodwork shows that his cardiac enzymes are normal," Hughes said. 

"He is now free of discomfort, but remains in the hospital for further tests and observation," the spokeswoman said. 

Cheney, who returned to Washington Saturday, spoke with Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush by telephone early Wednesday, according to sources at Bush campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas. 

A former US defense secretary under the administration of Bush's father, George Bush, Cheney suffered the first of three heart attacks in 1978. 

The state of Cheney's health had been a subject of concern when Texas governor George W. Bush chose him as his running-mate for the White House -- WASHINGTON (AFP)  




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