Heart: An American Medical Odyssey

Heart: An American Medical Odyssey


Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his longtime cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, share the story of Cheney’s thirty-five-year battle with heart disease—providing insight into the incredible medical breakthroughs that have changed cardiac care over the last four decades.

For as long as he has served at the highest levels of business and government, Vice President Dick Cheney has also been one of the world’s most prominent heart patients. Now, for the first time ever, Cheney, together with his longtime cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, MD, shares the very personal story of his courageous thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in 1978 to the heart transplant he received in 2012.

In 1978, when Cheney suffered his first heart attack, he received essentially the same treatment President Eisenhower had had in 1955. Since then, cardiac medicine has been revolutionized, and Cheney has benefitted from nearly every medical breakthrough. At each juncture, when Cheney faced a new health challenge, the technology was one step ahead of his disease. Cheney’s story is in many ways the story of the evolution of modern cardiac care.

Heart is the riveting, singular memoir of both doctor and patient. Like no US politician has before him, Cheney opens up about his health struggles, sharing harrowing, never-before-told stories about the challenges he faced during a perilous time in our nation’s history. Dr. Reiner provides his perspective on Cheney’s case and also gives readers a fascinating glimpse into his own education as a doctor and the history of our understanding of the human heart. He masterfully chronicles the important discoveries, radical innovations, and cutting-edge science that have changed the face of medicine and saved countless lives.

Powerfully braiding science with story and the personal with the political, Heart is a sweeping, inspiring, and ultimately optimistic book that will give hope to the millions of Americans affected by heart disease.

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  • Heart 01 Title
    Duration: 34s
  • Heart 02 Prologue
    Duration: 11min
  • Heart 03 Ch1
    Duration: 41min
  • Heart 04 Ch2
    Duration: 29min
  • Heart 05 Ch3
    Duration: 34min
  • Heart 06 Ch4
    Duration: 17min
  • Heart 07 Ch5
    Duration: 30min
  • Heart 08 Ch6
    Duration: 33min
  • Heart 09 Ch7
    Duration: 26min
  • Heart 10 Ch8
    Duration: 36min
  • Heart 11 Ch9
    Duration: 52min
  • Heart 12 Ch10
    Duration: 01h07min
  • Heart 13 Ch11
    Duration: 01h08min
  • Heart 14 Ch12
    Duration: 45min
  • Heart 15 Ch13
    Duration: 01h02min
  • Heart 16 Ch14
    Duration: 01h20min
  • Heart 17 Epilogue
    Duration: 07min
  • Heart 18 Credits
    Duration: 01min