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Dick Cheney is a walking medical miracle and a living testimonial to medical progress. His heart attack at 37 was only the first of five; others followed in 1984, 1988, 2000, and 2010. Doctors, including his world renowned cardiologist (and coauthor) Jonathan Reiner, responded to these medical emergencies with an impressive arsenal of treatments, including a coronary artery bypass, coronary artery stenting, coronary balloon angioplasty, and the implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator. (It should be noted that this roster of procedures takes us only up to 2002.) Heart: An American Medical Odyssey uses the former Vice President's history of cardiac problems and treatments as a fruitful entry into the extraordinary history of medical and technological breakthroughs.