Duane Chapman Vows to ‘Stop’ Smoking Cigarettes After Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis
He’s ready to make some changes. Duane “Dog” Chapman found out the results of his lung scan while appearing on a new episode of The Dr. Oz Show, which will air on November 4. After hearing the medical professional’s concerns for his well-being, Duane vowed to “stop” smoking cigarettes so he can gain his good health back as soon as possible.
“So if you look at the lungs, you see something that really alarmed me and I was fearful of this. You see how this normal artery here has little white middle part? But this one has a little piece missing out of it,” Dr. Oz, 59, explained to the WGN America alum.
“You notice it’s white on the outside but the middle is like an eclipse, real black. That’s a piece of blood clot, that is actually inside the arteries of your lungs,” he added. “That’s called a pulmonary embolism. And the problem with these clots is when they block off the arteries, they don’t let any oxygen get to the lungs. There are plenty of folks who died from these emboli.”
Duane, 66, said he was very worried by the findings and immediately wanted to figure out how to fix it. Dr. Oz then mentioned how Duane also had shockingly “low oxygen levels” when he was asleep, so he recommended a few options to help out.
“The results were that your oxygen levels are pretty low when you sleep, low enough that it could wake you up, low enough that it’s dangerous. So your doctor has been talking to me about giving you oxygen at night when you sleep,” Dr. Oz said. “So, if we stop the cigarettes, it might help, but the oxygen might avoid the need to take the nasal cannulas at night.”
Dr. Oz addressed how Duane has so much going for him — a family that loves him, a successful television career and more — so it’s imperative that he makes his health a priority, especially because he can make a positive impact on other lives.
“I’m glad you say that, because I’ll show them,” Duane vowed. “I’m going to stop [smoking cigarettes].”
Duane has certainly had a tough few months, having lost the woman of his dreams, Beth Chapman, to cancer at the young age of 51 in June 2019. The couple was together for 16 years before they made it official by tying the knot in 2006.
Fans are keeping Duane in their thoughts while he focuses on healing and moving forward.
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