Former Vice President Dick Cheney has reportedly had a heart transplant.

The Associated Press quotes Cheney's office as saying the 71-year-old  is recovering after a heart transplant.

Cheney's had heart problems since 1978, when he was 37.  He's had five heart attacks and in 2010 received a heart pump.  You can see part of the device in the November 2011 picture above.

Hear Cheney talk about that device and his decision-making process in whether to pursue a heart transplant in this September 2011 CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer.