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Rosie O'Donnell to promote heart health on 'Dr.Oz'
Comedian says her interview will focus on heart disease and the steps women can take to beat it.
Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Rosie O'Donnell is using her recent battle with heart disease to turn around her health - and hopefully inspire millions of other women to do the same.
“I had a really sedentary lifestyle and that’s deadly,” she says. “It took a heart attack for me to learn to take care of myself… Now I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life.”
O’Donnell added that she used to feel tired and sluggish but now feels ”full, but lighter, and I have more energy.”
This past Sunday (Sept. 30), Rosie revealed that she is taking her new outlook on life to "The Dr. Oz Show" in an effort to raise awareness on the serious threat from heart disease facing women.
“heart disease kills more women than men,” she wrote on her blog
. “233,00 a year. every 20 seconds a woman has a heart attack in america. 50% of deaths happen in the first hour.”
In addition, Rosie will also address her wife's fight with desmoid tumors - and the charity work
they're both doing to help find a cure. Though the episode airs on October 8th, some in the audience during the taping are already praising O'Donnell for sharing her experiences.
"Great Job at the taping today for @DrOz," tweeted Leisha Tedford. "Your honesty will help save #women 's lives!"
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