Dog the Bounty Hunter diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition
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Dog the Bounty Hunter diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition

Dog the Bounty Hunter star Duane Chapman has been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism – a potentially life-threatening heart condition.

FILE – This Aug. 2, 2019 file photo shows Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman talking to reporters outside his storefront that was burglarized in Edgewater, Colo. Chapman has had a difficult year. His wife, Beth Chapman, passed away in June after fighting lung cancer. Their television series, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” premieres on Sept. 4 on WGN America. It will follow the bounty hunters as they search for convicts as well as Beth’s battle with cancer. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The reality TV star, 66, makes the revelation on an upcoming episode of The Dr. Oz Show, shortly after he was hospitalized in Colorado earlier this month following a heart emergency.

While it was later reported the star didn’t suffer a heart attack and his health issues were stress and blood pressure-related, he receives a sobering message in the upcoming installment of the U.S. daytime talk series.

After being told he’s a “ticking time bomb”, Dr. Mehmet Oz tells Chapman: “You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now.”

Speaking to People, Chapman opened up about the diagnosis, explaining: “I don’t want to die right now. I’m not afraid to die anymore, but I really didn’t care for awhile if something would happen. I do care now.”

The star has since been put on blood thinning medication, has adopted a healthy diet, and is working to quit his smoking habit, all of which will help his recovery,

“Once this goes away, I am 100 per cent. I’ve had fears. The blood clot is not a normal thing but it happens a lot, but I’m going to be 100 per cent. I’m encouraged by it.”

Following his release from hospital, Chapman blamed his medical emergency on a “broken heart” caused by the death of his wife Beth, who passed away after a battle with cancer in June. She was 51.

– Cover Media

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