During an episode of Dr. Oz, the famous daytime doctor gave it to celebrity bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman straight.
Oz told Chapman:
“Looking at you, telling you as a friend, you’re a ticking time bomb.”
As Dearly previously reported, three months after Chapman lost his beloved wife of 13 years, Beth Chapman, to a long battle with cancer, he was hospitalized. In an earlier interview, after he was released from the hospital, Chapman said that he was most likely dealing with a broken heart.
Chapman told KDVR that his assistant rushed him to the hospital when “I couldn’t breathe. It was like I had ran a 3- or 4-mile run”:
“There’s something haywire or it’s psychologically. I don’t know. I guess things happen like that. I’ve never… I don’t do drugs. It feels much better now. And I’m going through some psychological things right now too, so that doesn’t help. I think, basically, I had a broken heart. And of course, it’s going to heal.”
And as the American Heart Association reports, “broken heart syndrome” is real. Medically, a broken heart is called “stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy.”
However, after sitting down with Dr. Oz, Chapman was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. According to the Mayo Clinic, pulmonary embolism “is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.” Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pains, and cough.
However, if caught in time, pulmonary embolisms can be treated.
Oz told Chapman:
“You aren’t gonna be here with the heart the way it is right now. Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from doctors that means you got to do your own doctoring. So if you don’t trust the doctor with what’s going on in your life, you think your doctoring yourself well enough by yourself.”
Chapman then admitted that after Beth passed away, he said that he wasn’t afraid of dying. Now, the widower and father is calling that a “foot-in-mouth” statement. With tears in his eyes, he told Oz:
“Oh, I was afraid to die. I said, ‘Please let go of my heart, Hunny. Quit squeezing my heart. So I take that back, I’m not afraid to [die] but I don’t want to.”
In an official statement to People regarding their upcoming show, Oz said Chapman was “denying care that he knew would be life-saving.”
“I said, ‘What would Beth do? What would she say to you? I don’t think she’d be happy with what you’re doing. You’re throwing away your life, you’re throwing away your ability to parent your kids. You have to man up.’ That’s what she would say.”
Now, as People reports, Chapman is accepting care from his doctors. He has been prescribed blood thinners and a healthy diet and is making strides at a better life for him and his family.