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Housecall for Health: Heart Transplant Success

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a heart transplant, something that is quite hard to get.  So just how poor was the former VP’s health?  And what are the odds of a successful recovery?

FOX’s Colleen Cappon reports in today’s “Housecall for Health”:

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After waiting on the transplant list for more than 20 months, former Vice President Dick Cheney is recovering from a successful heart transplant.  Top Santa Monica cardiac surgeon Kathy Magliato tells FOX News that to even get on the transplant list, a patient has to be facing imminent death within six months.

Success rates of heart transplants are on the rise, even for recipients over age 65, with a survival rate of 84%.

Housecall for Health, I’m Colleen Cappon, FOX News Radio.

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