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Fox's Jamie Colby and Husband Come 'Back to Life'

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Fox's Jamie Colby and her husband, Dr. Marc Wallack (FNC)

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," February 12, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: President Clinton is out of the hospital after getting two stents put into a coronary artery. The president had quadruple bypass in 2004, and back then he could have used the advice of our next guest.

Joining us live, our Fox colleague Jamie Colby and her husband, Dr. Marc Wallack. They are co-authors of the brand new book, "Back to Life After a Heart Crisis." Good evening to both of you, and I debated what to call you, so I'm going to call you doctor since you've earned that title. Jamie, I know what I'm going to call you. I'm going to call you Jamie.

DR. MARC WALLACK, CO-AUTHOR, "BACK TO LIFE": Greta, please don't call me doctor. I appreciate it.

VAN SUSTEREN: I think you earned it. But anyway, what is this heart crisis that you had?

WALLACK: I was running for four days on a treadmill. I had angina and burning in my chest, and then I decided to run in Central Park because I decided I was running indoors, I do better outdoors. And then I had the same burning that radiated into my chin.

And when I got that, I knew that probably this had to do with my heart. I was denying it for four days. I'm a doctor. I take care of patients.

VAN SUSTEREN: And that must have driven you nuts when you heard, Jamie, that he denied it, ignored it for four days.

JAMIE COLBY, FOX NEWS HOST: As a wife, I have to tell you, he takes better care of his patients than he did. But I think he felt -- really, Marc has been so brutally honest about this once we decided we wanted to help people going through the same thing, because thank goodness we're not alone. We thought we were at the time.

But he felt he was too important to be sick, that he was invincible. That if he could do cases like the ones he was doing in the operating room, he couldn't be sick. But he was very sick. He ended up having an emergency, pretty much two days later, quadruple bypass.

VAN SUSTEREN: So what happened after the bypass? Did your life change? I realize you've got to start watching what you eat, your exercise, and everything, but how about how did you feel afterwards?

WALLACK: I felt like I was knocked off the top of the mountain. I felt that my knees were cut out from under me. I felt that I wasn't the same person as I was. I didn't know whether I could ever do surgery again. I didn't know whether I could pay the mortgage again.

I was really going into a deep depression, and I lost a lot of weight. I just questioned everything that I was about and didn't know whether I would get back there again.

COLBY: And every morsel of food, too, Greta, Marc visualized even a carrot stick could be a clogging of the artery. I couldn't get him to eat, Greta. And I searched and searched. I put on my reporter hat to try to find tricks of the trade.

I expected our doctor to hand use brochure that said this is what you do on day one. These are the medications he needs to take. If you notice this, it's a problem. Call us. There is none of that, Greta. They don't give you the play-by-play.

VAN SUSTEREN: Actually, there is now. There is a book. There is a book out right here. I can hold it right up, a book right now.

I'll tell you this book tells you what to eat, to exercise. There is even, Jamie, the odds of dying during sex, some very personal stuff in this book. If that doesn't sell books, I don't know what will. But you even go into the personal stuff.

COLBY: I had to learn the science, and we found out you have a 20 in 1 million chance of dying during sex. It only makes a great scene in the movies, but it doesn't happen after a heart crisis or any surgical procedure.

But Greta, this is the thing that patients worry about. We couldn't tell you the story, including our story and the unbeatables, the other people that we have in the book who made it through a medical crisis and are living their life again. You can be living, but not be alive. We wanted people to be alive.

Speaking of alive, that's Maddie.

VAN SUSTEREN: She is the dog.

WALLACK: She was incredible during this whole time. You know, Greta, when I came home from the hospital, I laid on the couch. This is the first time Maddie ever did this -- she lied right across my incision and stayed there for a number of days trying to keep me warm. She had never done that before. It's almost like she sensed something was going on and that she need to do protect me.

COLBY: Greta, I put my legal hat on, and in addition to giving people information in the book, that you really need an advocate when you're going through any procedure. Marc needed me.

And I found out Maddie can be an emotional support animal. She's certified now. She can go into hotels and on planes and she's his constant companion.

VAN SUSTEREN: She's a star and the book is a real guide, if any. And no one wants to go through a health crisis, but this is what your doctor doesn't tell you. It's all in the book.

Jamie, doctor, thank you both.

WALLACK: Thank you so much. Thanks for having us on.

COLBY: Take care.

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