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Legendary radio host Jackie O suffers 'heart attack' live on air and is rushed to hospital

Rhianna Benson

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Legendary radio host Jackie O suffers 'heart attack' live on air and is rushed to hospital

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Widely-adored radio presenter Jackie-O has spent the last few hours recovering from a severe health scare she endured whilst live on air.

The Aussie star was presenting yesterday alongside co-DJ Kyle Sandilands when she began to suffer some symptoms of a heart attack.

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Preparing to interview fellow Australian television presenter, 48-year-old KIIS FM host Jackie - full name Jackie 'O' Henderson' - admitted whilst live on air that she'd started to feel rather unwell.

It was then that the duo - who have hosted Down Under's biggest radio show for the last 20 years - called in medical expert Sam Hay.

Known in the industry as Dr KIIS - having been the on-call medic for the presenters for some years now - Hay asked if Jackie was experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack.

Revealing she could feel 'shooting pains' going up and down her left arm, as well as agonising 'chest pains', Hay investigated her health further.

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Jackie O suffered a health scare. Credit: Instagram/@jackieo_official
Jackie O suffered a health scare. Credit: Instagram/@jackieo_official

Co-star Sandilands then enquired, "Heart attack, right, Dr?", to which Hay responded by asking Jackie if she felt faint or was suffering a shortness of breath.

Admitting she didn't feel shortness of breath, but did feel relatively nauseas, Jackie added that the pain in her chest and arms was more dull, than sharp.

"It’s dull starting at the top of the shoulder and running more down towards the elbow," radio listeners heard her explain.

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Earlier in the show, Jackie had revealed she'd had an appointment with a gynaecologist the day before, during which a doctor had removed a growth from her uterus.

The star was presenting with co-host Kyle Sandiland. Credit: Instagram/@kyleandjackieo
The star was presenting with co-host Kyle Sandiland. Credit: Instagram/@kyleandjackieo

She explained that she underwent the uterine polyp operation to make her periods more regular, adding that being under general anesthetic meant she was lacking in sleep.

Speaking to the doctor whilst live on air, she asked for a quick diagnosis, after which Hay replied: "I can’t see. I don’t have the crystal ball!"

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He then advised that, if they symptoms didn’t settle within a few minutes, she should consider visiting hospital to get checked out.

And she did just that.

Later in the show, after it was announced that Jackie had fled to hospital to be further examined, Kyle emphasised that his pal had been suffering a lack of sleep.

KIIS FM gave an update on her health. Credit: Instagram/@kyleandjackieo
KIIS FM gave an update on her health. Credit: Instagram/@kyleandjackieo
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According to The Mail, he added that she had attempted to fuel herself with Red Bulls that morning after the operation.

KIIS FM also updated their concerned fans with a statement on their Instagram, revealing Jackie is 'okay' and was being treated for an 'infection'.

"To our loyal listeners, thank you for your kind messages and concerns. Jackie is okay," they wrote in their statement.

"After a series of tests, Jackie has been treated for an infection and was released from hospital this afternoon. She is resting up at home and will be back on air tomorrow morning from 6.

"Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Royal North Short Hospital."

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV, Health, Australia

Rhianna Benson
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