Dick Cheney Admitted to George Washington University Hospital

Jun 25, 2010 9:52pm

ABC News' Karen Travers and Kristina Wong report:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to the George Washington University Hospital this evening, after taking ill earlier this afternoon.

“Former Vice President Cheney was not feeling well and was seen this afternoon by his doctors in their offices at George Washington University.  On the advice of his physicians, he was admitted to the hospital for further testing.  He is expected to remain in the hospital over the weekend,” a statement from Cheney’s office said.

Cheney has a long history of heart problems. He has had five heart attacks, the first in 1978 when he was just 37 years old and the fourth in November 2000 after he and former President George W. Bush were elected to the White House. In 2001 Cheney had a pacemaker installed into his chest and last September he underwent elective back surgery to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.

Cheney was last admitted to the George Washington Hospital on Feb. 22 after experiencing chest pains. His doctors later said it was a heart attack — his fifth. He was released on Feb 24.

More on that incident HERE and HERE.

Former President George W. Bush dropped by to visit Cheney at his home in Virginia on Feb 25. ABC News has exclusive video of that visit.

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