In his first interview about his new book, "Heart," former Vice President Dick Cheney reveals the defibrillator implanted in his chest could be used by terrorists to kill him and was altered to prevent that. Cheney's 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. on CBS 5. Cheney says that he and his doctor decided to turn off the device's wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.
Cheney had his first heart attack over 35 years ago and has been the recipient of many modern heart treatments that seemed to come along at just the right time. He even had a pump attached directly to his heart while awaiting a transplant. He knows luck played a big role in his life. He says Dr. Reiner once made an analogy between the course of Cheney's health and treatment and a person who gets up late and drives to work, but he sees all the traffic lights ahead are red. "'Cheney,'" he says the doctor told him, "'when you get to them, they all turn green.' And that's... a pretty good description," says Cheney.
In the 60 Minutes interview, Cheney also talks about the resignation letter he kept handy during his tenure as Vice President. You can click here to watch a preview of that.