Former Vice President Dick Cheney to visit Grand Rapids to discuss heart health

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was in Grand Rapids today to talk about his 36 year struggle with heart disease.

Cheney and his cardiologist spoke at a luncheon at the J-W Marriott presented by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

They also took part in a roundtable discussion at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.

Cheney's heart troubles began when he was 37 years old and had the first of five heart attacks. He had a heart transplant two years ago at the age of 71.

Cheney told reporters he was "at peace" with the very real prospect of his dying two years ago. Now, he says, "I wake up every day with a smile on my face grateful for another day I'd never expected to see."

Cheney and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, co-authored the book "Heart" which was published in October.

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