Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice-president in modern US history, who has suffered from recurrent heart disease, returns to hospital today for the third time in just over seven months for tests he says will probably lead to the implanting of a pacemaker. At a hastily convened press conference yesterday, Mr Cheney, 60, said he had been fitted with a mobile monitoring device two weeks ago which had detected irregular heart rhythms several times in a hour period. Consequently, it is expected that a catheter will threaded through his veins from his groin to his heart to analyse the problem electronically. The examination will tell doctors whether what Mr Cheney described as a "pacemaker plus" should be put in place to keep his heart beating regularly. He said his doctors expected such a device would be necessary, though he was feeling no pain.
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On Saturday, Cheney had a defibrillator implanted into his chest to regulate his heartbeat. He spent Sunday at home and is planning to go to work on Monday. Cheney had the defibrillator put in after he had tests that showed he is likely to have dangerous rapid heart rhythms. The cardioverter defibrillator has a battery that can give a mild shock to the heart.
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Doctors feared terrorists could hack into Cheney's heart defibrillator and kill him. Cheney's cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, was interviewed along with his famous patient. Turning to Cheney, the cardiologist added: "I worried that someone could kill you.