Rosie O'Donnell Suffers Heart Attack, Considers Herself "Lucky" To Be Alive

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Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.

The comedian/actress/talk show host blogged about her health adventure yesterday, giving credit to the Internet and the Bayer aspirin she had seen recommended on commercials for saving her life.

"Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally," O'Donnell wrote on her website.

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The star's coronary artery was 99 percent blocked, leading doctors to insert a stent and leading Rosie to say she is "lucky to be here."

The incident took place on August 14, as O'Donnell explains she helped an "enormous woman" get out of her car in a Nyack, New York parking lot. Later that day, her arms grew sore and her skin clammy.

"maybe this is a heart attack," she wrote. "i googled womens heart attack symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought – naaaa."

She took Bayer anyway and soon realized what was happening. O'Donnell is thankful she wasn't one of the hundreds of thousands of women who die each year from heart attacks because they fail to recognize the symptoms and fail to call 911.

"by some miracle i was not one of them," Rosie wrote, adding: "know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself."

Earlier this month, O'Donnell said she and fiancee Michelle Rounds were delaying their wedding because the latter is suffering from a tumor ailment known as "aggressive fibromatoses."

Here's to a full recovery for both ladies.


Wonder what the Donald has to say....


I definitely have a problem with her stating that she helped an "enormous" woman out of a car. It suggests blame on the woman. And by emphasizing her size, rather than simply saying she "helped a woman..."--which would still reveal earlier physical excersion--she had to label the woman almost as if to suggest she, herself, does not have weight related health issues. Bollocks.


Why does she write like an illiterate child?


Aspirin can indeed save a life. Medics don't arrive right away, and aspirin is a blood thinner. Aspirin has saved a life many, many times. I worked on a heart floor and I have heard the words spoken by a doctor more than ten times. And as far as her coronary artery being 99% blocked and her not knowing it- the only way to know that is to be cathed. You can only be cathed if you have symptoms. Heart health isn't screened unless you have symptoms. So she did everything right and is alive to tell the tale.


Admit it, Rosie. That "enormous woman" you helped out of the car was YOURSELF! How could you think a fata$$ like yourself couldn't have a heart attack? Denial much?


I doubt aspirin saved her life. Call an ambulance; don't be shy. Medics have WAY better clot busters plus oxygen. How fast that starts determines how much of your heart dies and what kind of life you have afterwards. Unfortunately, many women and some men (me) don't have the usual symptoms: chest pain moving into neck or shoulder. Also look for pale skin, shortness of breath, weakness. BTW, 99% blockage is after the attack, probably from a clot blowing in from somewhere else.


Love her or hate her she is still a human!!! Y do ppl have to b so dam mean?!


Her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked? Has she never, ever had a health screening? Isn't that something that would be found?


She's lucky and the rest of the world is unlucky...


Her personality isn ' t helping her .


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Rosie O'Donnell used to be a host on The View. She's known for her liberal views on the world, but also for the unusual, obnoxious ways... More »
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