Dr. Mehmet Oz claims that Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman would not face the facts when it came to his health and the TV doctor went out of his way to track the legendary bounty hunter down to scare him straight.
Chapman made an appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" on Monday where Dr. Oz broke the news to the star that he recently suffered from a pulmonary embolism. The 66-year-old bounty hunter said he learned about his "life-threatening" condition two weeks after being hospitalized for chest pains. A pulmonary embolism is a clot that blocks blood flow in the lungs.
Dog Was 'Running From The Truth'
"He's the bounty hunter but we were literally hunting him," Dr. Oz said." I was in the hospital and he had signed out of a hospital against medical advice, which to a doctor is a really bad sign. It means you're running from the truth."
"Many of us metaphorically do that, but he was literally doing it," Oz told the hosts and audience.
When "Fox & Friends" host, Ainsley Erhardt credited Dr. Oz with saving the life of Dog he quickly said it was the doctors taking care of him that saved his life but expressed the importance of Dog overcoming his issues and addressing his health head-on. Dr. Oz said he flew to Colorado and discovered that Dog was ignoring his health warning signs due to the passing of his wife.
"He had a broken heart and people do die from a broken heart," Oz exclaimed, "mostly because they give up hope and she was his North Star."
Dog Has Cut Down On Smoking
Since his appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show," Dog the Bounty Hunter has made drastic changes to ensure his long life, according to Dr. Oz.
"He has completely changed his life. He used to smoke four packs a day, started when he was 12 and that's part of the reason his blood was sticky," the doctor said. "He's down to one pack a day."
Dr. Oz said Chapman turned his life around once he got him to realize that knowledge is power and you "can learn things you don't want to know but you can almost always address them."
Dog's Heart Scare
Dog the Bounty Hunter was hospitalized back in September when he thought that he was suffering a heart attack. At the time, he was emotionally dealing with Beth's death and all the stress from launching the TV show, "Dog's Most Wanted." He spent several nights in the hospital and vowed that the experience was a "wake up call."
Based on Dr. Oz's intense episode with Chapman, the star was not doing the necessary things to keep in good health but after the pulmonary embolism revelation, the medical professionals have finally gotten through to the star.