Vice President Dick Cheney Treated For Blood Clot

Washington (AP) -- Doctors are treating Vice President Dick Cheney for a potentially dangerous blood clot in his left leg.

A spokeswoman for Cheney says he'll be treated with blood-thinning medication for several months. She says he's feeling "fine" and intends to maintain a regular schedule.

Blood clots that form deep in the legs can break off and float into the lungs. Known as a a Deep Vein Thrombosis, the condition can prove fatal. It strikes an estimated two million Americans each year, killing about 60-thousand. But specialists say if treated properly, it poses only a small threat.

Many suffer the condition after spending long periods without moving, such as long airline flights. Cheney spent about 65 hours on a plane during a nine-day, around the world trip that ended last week.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)




 
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