An American Medical Odyssey

Book - 2013
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his longtime cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, share the story of Cheney's thirty-five-year battle with heart disease--providing insight into the incredible medical breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last four decades.

For as long as he has served at the highest levels of business and government, Vice President Dick Cheney has also been one of the world's most prominent heart patients. Now, for the first time ever, Cheney, together with his longtime cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, MD, shares the very personal story of his courageous thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in 1978 to the heart transplant he received in 2012.

In 1978, when Cheney suffered his first heart attack, he received essentially the same treatment President Eisenhower had had in 1955. Since then, cardiac medicine has been revolutionized, and Cheney has benefitted from nearly every medical breakthrough. At each juncture, when Cheney faced a new health challenge, the technology was one step ahead of his disease. Cheney's story is in many ways the story of the evolution of modern cardiac care.

Heart is the riveting, singular memoir of both doctor and patient. Like no US politician has before him, Cheney opens up about his health struggles, sharing harrowing, never-before-told stories about the challenges he faced during a perilous time in our nation's history. Dr. Reiner provides his perspective on Cheney's case and also gives readers a fascinating glimpse into his own education as a doctor and the history of our understanding of the human heart. He masterfully chronicles the important discoveries, radical innovations, and cutting-edge science that have changed the face of medicine and saved countless lives.

Powerfully braiding science with story and the personal with the political, Heart is a sweeping, inspiring, and ultimately optimistic book that will give hope to the millions of Americans affected by heart disease.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476725406
Characteristics: vii, 344 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cheney, Lynne V.
Reiner, Jonathan


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Dec 28, 2017

Like listening to somebody else's boring old uncle tell tedious, pointless anecdotes about his medical problems, which he thinks are intensely fascinating.

Sep 01, 2017

I don't always agree with Cheney's politics but I did like this book. It is a very detailed journey through illness, medical diagnosis and surgeries on his heart.

Mr Cheney is blessed with having a very close and loving family who were at his side through many of his medial emergencies. It was nice that the family had the resources to be able to drop what they were doing, no matter where they were, and be at his side. Most families could not afford to do that.

Dec 15, 2014

Ya gotta have heart . . . . ONLY Dick Cheney would name his book, Heart!


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