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Cheney Says He’s Feeling Fine

February 3, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A month after his latest hospital visit, Vice President Dick Cheney said he’s feeling just fine and has plenty of people monitoring his health.

``I’ve got a lot of people looking after me and everybody knows if I have a hiccup,″ Cheney said in a radio interview on The Laura Ingraham Show. ``I think it gets over-covered at times, but that goes with the job.″

Cheney said his health is good. He said he exercises on a recumbent bicycle while reading and watching the news.

Cheney has a long history of mostly heart-related health problems _ four heart attacks, though none since he became vice president; quadruple bypass surgery to clear clogged arteries; two artery-clearing angioplasties; and an operation to implant a pacemaker.

Last month, he spent a few hours in the hospital because of shortness of breath that doctors said was caused by fluid retention that was a side effect of medicine he was taking for a foot ailment.

He’s been diagnosed with tendinitis and has inflammation in a toe joint that some doctors have diagnosed as gout, while others say he has osteoarthritis.

He also had surgery last September to repair aneurysms behind both of his knees.

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