– The former US vice-president Cheney has had a pump implanted near his heart to aid his cardiac condition. Cheney announced it himself in a note. The Cheney, age 69, had surgery at the Fairfax Hospital, near Washington. Bush’s second in command confirmed his surgery went well and that he is recuperating. Cheney, who had heart troubles for years, suffered his first heart attack in 1978 at age 37.