Rosie O’Donnell on Dr Oz
Dr. Oz is talking openly with Rosie O’Donnell about her recent heart attack where she had a blockage so dramatic doctors call it a “widowmaker.”
Dr Oz: What is a Widowmaker?
As Doctor Oz began his explanation for Rosie and the audience he stated that this is actually becoming the “widowermaker” because it is happening more and more to women. You have a major vessel in front of the heart that gives most of the blood to the heart where this blockage happens and when it does you go down quickly and you down hard, according to Dr. Oz. As he shared this fact, it was obvious from his face and his words that he is still so surprised Rosie O’Donnell is alive after suffering such a major attack to her heart.
Doctor Oz: Widowmaker Heart Attack in Women
In a powerful animation, Dr. Oz showed Rosie and the audience how this type of heart attacks happens. In a healthy situation that vessel is constantly pumping blood into the heart, but then over time plaque can build up causing a blockage, then pieces of the plaque can actually break off, then eventually there’s a clot and that closes off the opening to the heart. The heart then begins to beat erratically and a bruise actually forms in that area. And with his hands in the air and his eyes on Rosie, Dr. Oz said this is how most women die.
Dr Oz: Healthy Vs Unhealthy Heart
As Dr. Oz often likes to do, he pulled out two pairs purple medical gloves and brought Rosie to a table where there was an unhealthy heart for them to examine. He pointed out first of all that has a lot of added fat, but also an ulcer that is very hard to the touch and where plaque is found that can get into your arteries. Somehow, Rosie O’Donnell survived that injury to her own heart and Dr. Oz calls what the doctors did for her was a modern day miracle.