Cheney Hospitalized Briefly

Vice President Dick Cheney leaves George Washington University Hospital, Monday Jan. 9, 2006, in Washington. Cheney was taken to the hospital early Monday experiencing shortness of breath, a spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) AP

Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to George Washington Hospital early Monday experiencing shortness of breath, a spokeswoman said, and released a few hours later.

Spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said that doctors found his EKG unchanged.

The doctors, according to a statement released by the vice president's office, say he was suffering from a reaction to some medicine he was taking for a foot ailment, retaining fluid because of that medicine, CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante reports.

He's been placed on a diuretic, a medicine to get fluid out of your body.

Cheney went to the hospital at 3:00 a.m., his office said.

Whenever the vice president goes to the hospital, alarm bells go off because he's had four heart attacks and wears a pacemaker and has had other problems that have sent him to the hospital, reports Plante.

The foot ailment forced Cheney to use a cane on Friday.

McBride said the foot condition was not related to surgery last September to repair aneurysms behind both knees or the 64-year-old vice president's lengthy history of heart problems. He has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, two artery-clearing angioplasties and an operation to implant a special pacemaker in his chest.
  • John Esterbrook

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