Rosie O'Donnell Recovering from a Heart AttackShana Aborn
Things aren’t so rosy for Rosie O’Donnell.
She revealed a terrifying incident in her blog today: She suffered a heart attack last week that could have been fatal if she hadn’t taken immediate action.
It began last Tuesday, when she helped an obese woman get out of her car in a parking lot. “the ghost of christmas future/me-if i did not wake,” Rosie commented.
Not long afterward, she felt “bruised” all over, with an ache in her chest. “muscular – i thought,” Rosie says, but the pain grew worse and was complicated by nausea and clamminess.
“i googled womens heart symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought – naaaa.” the talk show host confesses. Still, she had the good sense to take an aspirin and see a cardiologist the next day.
An EKG revealed she’d had a heart attack.The doctor sent her to the hospital immediately, where her 99 percent blocked coronary artery was reopened using a stent.
“they call this kind of heart attack/the Widow maker/i am lucky to be here,” Rosie says.
Her rep, Cindi Berger, tells People that Rosie is back home and resting comfortably. She confirms, “i am happy to be alive.”
Rosie made the mistake that 50 percent of female heart attack sufferers make: She didn’t call 911, thinking that her symptoms weren’t anything serious.
But they could have been. Every year, 200,000 women die of heart attacks in the U.S.
We’re glad Rosie wasn’t one of them. Her children and her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, are too.
Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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