Keep Whittington in Your Prayers

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Feb 14, 2006 11:13 AM

Fox is reporting that VP Cheney's hunting buddy, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, has suffered a minor heart attack, caused by a pellet of birdshot that migrated to his heart.

Blanchard said that Whittington, 78, did not exhibit any signs of a heart attack, the sweating or rapid pulse, but an EKG showed that he suffered an atrial fibrillation.

"The BB basically has lodged in a certain area that has caused inflammatory changes. When that occurs ... (it) is basically like an electrical short circuit," Blanchard said.

Blanchard said doctors were taking a "conservative" approach in treating Whittington and that he and other cardiologists at the hospital had the "concurrence" of the White House medical team.

It was what they call an asymptomatic heart attack, meaning he suffered no, um, symptoms. No chest pain, no arm pain. He's conscious and talking to folks. Pray for his health.

You also may want to pray for Dana Milbank's sanity.