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Audience member Iris asks Dr. Oz if taking antibiotics over a long period of time is harmful. Iris is taking her antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. Iris confirms her doctor has indicated that she may need to take the meds for about a year.
Dr. Oz answers that the length of time one takes antibiotics depends on the bug. For a bone or heart infection, a person may have to take meds for six weeks or more. Dr. Oz explains that doctors make sure antibiotics are taken until 100% of the infection is gone, otherwise, the small percentage of bugs that still remain will come back.
Dr. Oz asserts that he needs to know more about Iris’ history to know why the doctors have her taking antibiotics for such a long time. His immediate thought is that Iris might have a weak immune system, which might be prompting the infections.
An audience member asks Dr. Oz if having a heart stent (a small mesh tube that's used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body) requires one to be on blood thinners all the time.
Dr. Oz answers that blood thinning medicine can often be used by someone for at least two years after surgery, or, until the artery is fully healed. Blood thinning medicine like Plavix® prevent sticky blood platelets from building up and adhering to the stent, allowing constant blood flow through the affected artery.
Tuesday, July 10 2012, 02:56 PM EDT
Dr. Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" airing weekdays at 4pm on ABC 22.Dr. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs 250 heart operations annually.
Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He was awarded the Captain's Athletic Award for leadership in college and was Class President followed by President of the Student Body during medical school. He lives in Cliffside Park, NJ with his wife Lisa of 23 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe, and Oliver.
Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for over five seasons, spanning 55 episodes. He has also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his "Transplant!" series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. In addition to numerous appearances on "Good Morning America," he has also appeared on the "Today" show, "Larry King Live," "The View," guest-hosted the "Charlie Rose" show and appeared on all the evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington's "John Q" and participated in several other feature films.
Dr. Oz authored five New York Times Best Sellers including YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: The Smart Patient, YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Staying Young, YOU: Being Beautiful as well as the award winning Healing from the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire magazine where his article "Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild" was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service, and an ongoing column in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Dr. Oz is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio's "Oprah Radio" on XM Channel 156 and Sirius Channel 195 (as part of its "Best of XM" package).
In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been honored as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People (08), Esquire magazine's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (99-04), and "The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni" in the 02138 magazine, as well as receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (08). He won the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, and has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University, He was voted "The Best and Brightest" by Esquire Magazine, a "Doctor of the Year" by Hippocrates magazine and "Healer of the Millennium" by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually elected as a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.
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