Nightly News   |  July 15, 2010

MD: Cheney's heart was checked out

The head of aortic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital told msnbc's Rachel Maddow that former vice president Dick Cheney had no heartbeat when he underwent emergency heart surgery. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And we learned something interesting about Dick Cheney 's latest heart procedure. Last night on MSNBC the head of aortic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital told Rachel Maddow Dick Cheney has no pulse, no heartbeat. His heart valves remain closed with this new device that's been implanted. He now has instead a continuous flow of blood. It runs on batteries, by the way. He's supposed to carry extras with him. And at night it has to be plugged into a power adaptor in the wall.