Doctors Locate Mike Pence’s Heart, Implant Pacemaker
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who experienced symptoms of a slow heart rate over the past two weeks, had a pacemaker implanted Wednesday. Donald Trump’s sycophantic number two underwent the procedure at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.
In a statement, Pence said, “I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. … My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated health care professionals.” It went on to say that he is expected to fully recover from the “routine surgery” and “return to normal activity in the coming days.”
It should be noted that as a former vice president, who actively worked to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, received his pacemaker courtesy of the taxpayer-funded free medical care he will enjoy for the rest of his life. The average cost for pacemaker implantation surgery is more than $14,000.
Pence, who is 61, has a bit of a history of heart issues. In 2016 while still governor of Indiana, he disclosed his medical history after being chosen by Trump for the vice presidency and revealed that he had an asymptomatic left bundle branch block. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of that condition can include fainting, abnormal heart rhythms and other serious complications.
The surgery comes just a week after Pence announced the formation of Advancing American Freedom, a political action committee that he says will “merge traditional conservative values with the Make America Great Again policy agenda” of the twice-impeached Trump. That move is widely seen as a precursor to a run for the presidency in 2024.