I Had Quintuple Bypass

David Held, a patient of Dr. Oz's and guest of The Dr. Oz Show, opens up about undergoing a quintuple bypass. Read about the effects it had on his emotional and physical health, his spirit and his family. Keep up with David's progress by reading his weekly Oz Blog.

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After the initial shock that I had 5 blocked arteries wore off, I knew I had to do something - and do it fast. I made appointments with 2 surgeons to see which one I liked. I met the first one and before I could meet the second, I received a call from a friend that asked if I would like to meet Dr. Oz. I said yes and she said to be in his office Thursday morning.

On my way there, I kept thinking he wouldn't really be there - he's a TV star. At 7:30am on December 10, 2009, I was sitting in the waiting room when the conference room door opened.

Dr. Oz entered and asked if I was David. I said yes - and he sat down next to me, putting his hand on mine. He said, "It will be ok. We will talk after your exam."

A strange feeling of calmness swept over me; I just knew this felt right. After the exam I went into his office and looked at the plaques lining his wall. When he walked in, I said something about his kids and we immediately hit it off.