WASHINGTON — One of Dick Cheney's daughters says the hospitalized former vice president could go home on Monday after receiving medication to treat a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease.
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The 69-year-old, who has had five heart attacks, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Friday after experiencing discomfort. His last heart attack — described as a mild one — was in February.
Liz Cheney told "Fox News Sunday" that her father is feeling better and hopes to be released on Monday.
Cheney's office said Cheney has received intravenous medication and that he's "markedly improved."
Cheney did not have chest pains or a heart attack, NBC reported on Saturday.
NBC, quoting a source close to the vice president, reported that a couple of weeks ago, Cheney suffered atrial fibrillation and flew back to Washington from Wyoming.
He sustained his last heart attack, deemed a mild one, in February. It was his fifth since age 37. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked. In that episode in February, Cheney underwent a stress test and a heart catheterization.
A face of his party for decades, Cheney has remained a prominent voice of opposition to the Obama administration. His public career spanned decades, including service as a lawmaker, defense secretary and White House chief of staff.
Cheney had bypass surgery in 1988, as well as two later angioplasties to clear narrowed coronary arteries.
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. It was the second time in less than a year that Cheney had experienced and been treated for an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart.
NBC News' Jamie Gangel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.