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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has had up-close-and-personal experience with both changes in the White House and changes in cardiovascular medicine over the past three decades. After serving as President Gerald Ford’s chief of staff, Mr. Cheney survived his first heart attack at the young age of 37 in 1978 — and after finishing his second term as President George W. Bush’s right-hand man, Mr. Cheney received a heart transplant at age 71 in 2012. The politician and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University Hospital, have just published “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey,” exploring how the treatment of heart disease has evolved over nearly 40 years. On Thursday, the Smithsonian Associates will host a discussion with both doctor and patient, led by presidential historian Michael Bechloss. Thursday, Nov. 14. 202/633-3030. Web: smithsonianassociates.org.