Cheney Goes To Hospital To Have His Leg Checked

Tuesday, April 24th 2007, 8:47 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to his doctor's office Tuesday for a checkup of the blood clot in his left leg, a spokeswoman said.

On March 5, doctors discovered that Cheney had a clot, called a deep venous thrombosis, in his left lower leg. ``He's going to get his leg checked out,'' spokeswoman Megan McGinn said.

The 66-year-old Cheney has a history of heart problems. Blood clots that form deep in the legs can become killers if they break off and float into the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis strikes an estimated 2 million Americans each year, killing 60,000.