Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after getting a new heart, his office said.
Cheney, 71, received the organ from an unknown donor on March 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA., the Seattle Times said.
"As he leaves the hospital, the former vice president and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor's family for this remarkable gift," aide Kara Ahern said in a statement.
Cheney waited roughly two years for the transplant. His lifelong history of heart disease includes five heart attacks, with the first one striking him at age 37 and the most recent one in 2010, the Times said.
The transplant opens debate about whether rules should be changed to favor youth over age in giving out scarce organs, the New York Daily News said. Doctors said it is unlikely that Cheney was given special treatment at age 71 despite thousands of younger people also being in line to receive a heart.
Currently time on the waiting list, medical need and where you live determine the odds of scoring a new heart - not how many years you'll live to make use of it, the Daily News said.
The odds of survival are good. More than 70 percent of heart transplant patients live at least five years, although survival is a bit lower for people over 65.
More than 3,100 people are on the national waiting list to receive a new heart, the Times said. Just over 2,300 transplants were performed last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
According to UNOS, 332 people over age 65 received a new heart last year. The majority of transplants occur in 50- to 64-year-olds.