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Rosie O'Donnell suffers heart attack, recovering at home

August 20, 2012|By Matt Donnelly
  • Rosie O'Donnell took to her official blog to tell fans that she suffered a major heart attack last week. O'Donnell experienced symptoms after helping lift a hefty woman from her car.
Rosie O'Donnell took to her official blog to tell fans that she suffered… (Frederick M. Brown / Getty…)

Rosie O'Donnell blogged some major gratitude Monday: The former daytime host revealed she suffered a heart attack last week.

What began as an act of kindness ended in the insertion of a stent, after doctors discovered a 99% blocked artery in O'Donnell's heart.

An "enormous" woman Rosie spotted in a Nyack, N.Y., parking lot had asked for help getting out of her car last Tuesday. O'Donnell obliged, writing in her free-form blog style, "it was not easy but together we did it she was up and on her way with gratitude."

"A few hours later my body hurt, I had an ache in my chest both my arms were sore, everything felt bruised," she said, adding that her skin felt clammy and she later threw up. 

After some aspirin ("thank god saved by a TV commercial literally"), she resisted calling paramedics, opting instead for a cardiologist appointment the following day. An EKG revealed the massive blockage, colorfully referred to by her doctor as a "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," she concluded, citing statistics claiming that 50% of American women suffering heart attacks don't call 911. 

"She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky," a rep for O'Donnell told People.

The attack makes for a turbulent August in the O'Donnell house. Rosie's fiancee, Michelle Rounds, was recently diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that can destroy tissue in the same fashion as a cancerous tumor.

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