Dan Fagan, a popular conservative talk show host, returns to the airwaves on Tuesday, Jan. 4, after more than two weeks of sick leave.
Fagan has been released from then hospital and said he is feeling well again. His heart started failing shortly after he had his second Covid vaccine on Aug. 12, he said, but he ignored the symptoms until two weeks ago, when he couldn’t breathe well enough to do the show. He called for an ambulance. After tests, doctors determined that his heart and other organs are healthy, but there was a buildup of fluid on the outside of the tissue around his lungs.
Fagan said that at one point he was close to death. He doesn’t know if the condition he suffered is a result of the vaccine but said it’s a “huge coincidence” that it started a week after the second Covid shot. However, he acknowledged that he had not been taking good care of his health, was overweight, and needed to exercise more. He said with better health habits, his heart should be able to repair the damage; there was no evidence of a heart attack, but his heart was not pumping properly.
Since then, he has lost weight, been exercising regularly and is eating healthy, he said, adding that he expects to live for many years.
Fagan, a conservative icon in Alaska who pioneered a now-retired conservative news blog, The Alaska Standard, and now broadcasts his morning show from New Orleans, can be heard on 650 KENI between 5:30 and 8 am weekdays; his is the highest-rated morning drive time radio show in Alaska.