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Spring issue of "Stanford Medicine" explores mysteries of the heart

- By Rosanne Spector

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Jason Holley

In 2010, with a history of five heart attacks and a sudden cardiac arrest, Dick Cheney believed he was at the end of his life. In the new Stanford Medicine magazine, the former vice president talks about the heart transplant that has kept him among the living, and how to protect the health-care system that made his survival possible.

The Cheney interview is part of "Mysteries of the heart," a collection of articles on cardiovascular research and treatment in the spring issue of Stanford Medicine, produced with the support of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.

"A day doesn't go by that you don't think about the fact that you've been a beneficiary of a miracle that's a result, I always remember, of a donor. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, grateful for another day that I never expected to see," Cheney said in the Q&A. (Audio of the Cheney interview is available in the online edition of the magazine.)

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The issue also includes articles on the use of big data in medicine, which will be the focus of the Big Data in Biomedicine conference May 21-23 at Stanford.

The magazine is available online at Print copies are being sent to subscribers. Others can request a copy at (650) 723-6911 or by sending an email to

Stanford Medicine integrates research, medical education and health care at its three institutions - Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. For more information, please visit the Office of Communication & Public Affairs site at

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