Monday, January 09, 2006

Cheney OK after early morning hospital trip

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney was released from a Washington hospital early today after experiencing shortness of breath, aides said.

``He's just been released in the last few minutes, and he's heading back to the vice president's residence,'' said Jonathan Berrier, a spokesman in the vice president's office.

Cheney, 64, accompanied by his wife, Lynne, was taken to George Washington University Hospital at 3 a.m. local time, his spokesman said in a telephone interview.

Doctors found Cheney's electrocardiogram was unchanged and determined he was retaining fluid because of anti-inflammatory medication he was taking for a foot problem, Cheney spokesman Steve Schmidt said without naming the drug. Cheney has been placed on a diuretic, Schmidt said.

All things looking OK for the VP.