National Press Club

Cheney and cardiologist to discuss their new book Dec. 3

November 12, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and cardiologist Jonathan Reiner will discuss their new book “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey” on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

For as long as he has served at the highest levels of business and government, Cheney has also been one of the world’s most prominent heart patients. Now, for the first time ever, Cheney, together with his longtime cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, shares the very personal story of his thirty-five-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in 1978 to the heart transplant he received in 2012. It is in many ways the story of the evolution of modern cardiac care.

In “Heart,” Cheney opens up about his health struggles, sharing harrowing, never-before-told stories about the challenges he faced during a perilous time in our nation’s history. Reiner provides his perspective on Cheney’s case and also gives readers a fascinating glimpse into his own education as a doctor and the history of our understanding of the human heart. Reiner chronicles the important discoveries, radical innovations and cutting-edge science that have changed the face of medicine and saved countless lives.

Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members; $10 for all non-members. Registration is required here. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books or memorabilia permitted.