Former Vice President Dick Cheney has unique health issues, in so far as his doctor once modified his care to ensure terrorists don't hack into the former lawmaker's defibrillator and kill him. Yes, you saw the same thing happen on Showtime's Homeland. Apparently this story is new and already happened on TV before it happened in real life.
The former Vice President is promoting his new book, Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, about the vast strides medical treatment of heart problems has taken over the last few years. On Sunday's 60 Minutes, he'll share a story nearly beyond belief.
Cheney's cardiologist was worried terrorists might hack into the wireless feature of his implanted defibrillator from another room in the hospital and electroshock him into cardiac arrest at one point during the many hospital stays the 72-year-old Cheney has suffered through his long heart problem history that nearly took his life. "And it seemed to me to be a bad idea for the vice president to have a device that maybe somebody on a rope line or in the next hotel room or downstairs might be able to get into— hack into," Dr. Jonathan Reiner says, according to the show’s transcript obtained by Politico. "And I worried that someone could kill [Cheney]."
If this scenario sounds strangely familiar, you're probably a Homeland fan. Spoiler alert, but at some point the show's vice president is killed exact the same way. To some, that might sound ridiculous -- terrorists hacking a heart machine, pfft -- but Cheney knew the plot point wasn't too outrageous from his personal experience. "Because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible," Cheney says.