It’s an incredible feat of modern medicine that we can replace a heart.

Mr. Cheney is in intensive care at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

From the AP:

“Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift,” aide Kara Ahern said in a written statement that was authenticated by several of the Republican politician’s close associates.

[..] More than 3,100 Americans currently are on the national waiting list for a heart transplant. Just over 2,300 heart transplants were performed last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. And 330 people died while waiting.

According to UNOS, 332 people over age 65 received a heart transplant last year. The majority of transplants occur in 50- to 64-year-olds.

The odds of survival are good. More than 70 percent of heart transplant recipients live at least five years, although survival is a bit lower for people over age 65.

The former vice president suffered a heart attack in 2010, his fifth since the age of 37.

I almost didn’t put this news up, because of the jokes it would inevitably inspire.

Please try to keep the disrespect down to a dull roar.

Of course, if you have something to say on actual policy, let ‘er rip.