Cheney tests showed evidence of mild heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - An aide to Dick Cheney says tests on the former vice president showed he suffered "a mild heart attack."

Cheney was admitted to a Washington hospital on Monday after experiencing chest pains. Aide Peter Long issued a statement Tuesday saying lab tests at George Washington University Hospital found "evidence of a mild heart attack." Long said the 69-year-old Cheney underwent a stress test and a heart procedure. He said Cheney was feeling good and was expected to be released from the hospital before the end of the week. Cheney has a history of heart problems. The newly diagnosed heart attack is his fifth since age 37. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is blocked.

The statement from Cheney's office did not say whether he needed to have an angioplasty, a procedure to clear a blockage.

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