'I am lucky to be here'
Rosie O’Donnell shared on her blog today (20 August) that she suffered a heart attack last week and is ‘happy to be alive.’
The 50-year-old actress and talk show host said the attack occurred last week shortly after she encountered ‘an enormous woman’ in a New York parking lot who had gotten stuck as she struggled to get out of her car.
‘The ghost of Christmas future me if I did not wake,’ O’Donnell writes. ‘There are no accidents I thought as I braced myself and lifted her. It was not easy but together we did it she was up and on her way with gratitude.’
When she got home few hours later, her body hurt and she had an ache in her chest and both arms felt sore.
‘Everything felt bruised,’ she says. ‘Muscular I thought. Strained or pulled tissue. I went about my day. The pain persisted. I became nauseous my skin was clammy I was very very hot. I threw up. Maybe this is a heart attack. I googled women’s heart attack symptoms. I had many of them. But really? – I thought – nah.’
She took some Bayer Aspirin (‘Thank God, saved by a TV commercial, literally’) but did not call 911.
‘Fifty percent of women having heart attacks never call 911. 200,000 women die of heart attacks every year in the US. By some miracle i was not one of them,’ she writes.
The next day, O’Donnell went to see a cardiologist who did an EKG. She was then sent to a hospital where a stent was put in.
‘My LAD was 99 percent blocked,’ she writes. ‘They call this type of heart attack the Widow Maker. I am lucky to be here. Know the symptoms ladies, listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore. Call 911. Save yourself.’