"The Dr. Oz Show" To Air Exclusive Interview and Examination Of Rosie O'Donnell's Heart Attack

Dr. Oz Reveals the Story Behind the Headlines About Her Heart Attack And the Warning Signs Every Woman Must Know. 

New York, NY – (Oct. 11, 2012) – The two-time Emmy® Award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated“The Dr. Oz Show” will broadcast a world exclusive interview with Rosie O’Donnell on Thursday, Oct. 25.  Dr. Oz interviews the multiple Emmy Award winning O’Donnell about her near death experience in August when she suffered her first heart attack.

Through an intimate and revealing interview about her symptoms and self diagnosis, O’Donnell gives her first broadcast interview to Dr. Oz about the pain she experienced, her intuition that something was wrong and her review of symptoms online and chronic pain that caused her to seek medical treatment.  O’Donnell’s effort likely saved her life as doctors quickly diagnosed her with a clogged artery – the left anterior descending, better known as the “widowmaker” because of its tendency to cause death when blocked.

After a discussion of the events and timeline leading up to O’Donnell’s diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Oz will review O’Donnell’s angiogram and the stent intervention that saved her life.  O’Donnell’s cardiologist, Dr. Allison Spatz, is also present to discuss her case as well as the symptoms of heart attacks that are unique to women, how to spots signs of a heart attack in yourself or loved one, and when to seek medical treatment.

“I applaud Rosie for using her experience to teach others about the risks and symptoms of heart disease,” said “The Dr. Oz Show” host, Mehmet Oz, M.D.“As a cardiac surgeon I have operated on thousands of people who could have avoided heart disease altogether if they simply understood some simple prevention principles. Heart disease is the number-one killer in America and most people don’t know the tell tale warning signs. Rosie has provided us with a teachable moment from her own experience, which is noble and empowering for anyone recovering from heart attack.”  

O’Donnell first appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” in February 2012 with Dr. Oz showing her omental fat while discussing how it destroys a person’s health leading to heart disease and diabetes.  On August 20, she posted a blog about her heart attack on her web site detailing her experience and outcome.  O’Donnell’s story is a typical case of how cardiovascular disease progresses in women and ultimately manifests in a life threatening heart attack.

About The Dr. Oz Show

The two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, hosted by the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is now in its fourth season.  “The Dr. Oz Show”, which is currently seen in 118 countries worldwide, debuted domestically in 2009 with the biggest ratings in ten years in daytime television.

Dr. Oz has served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and “YOU Having a Baby” as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart". He has a regular column in TIME Magazine and O The Oprah Magazine.  

Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. 

Cleared in over 99% of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.  "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer.  The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center. 

About Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios creates original TV programming exclusively for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, including “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” “Oprah’s Master Class,” “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” "Iyanla: Fix My Life," and the Emmy® Award-winning “Super Soul Sunday.”  In addition, the studio co-produces the popular syndicated talk shows "The Dr. Oz Show," "Dr. Phil," and "Rachael Ray."  For 25 years, Harpo produced the number-one-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication, while Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming, and Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio on Sirius XM Radio (XM Channel 111 and Sirius Channel 204).

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms.  In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation. 

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