Rosie O’Donnell Survives “Widow Maker” Heart Attack
Rosie O’Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and considers herself lucky to be alive. The 50-year-old comic believes it is nothing short of a “miracle” that she survived what doctors characterize as a “widow maker” heart event.Her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked, requiring the insertion of a stent to restore proper blood flow.
O’Donnell is now resting at home and is feeling well enough to blog about the frightening experience. She said it all began on August 14 when she played Good Samaritan to “an enormous woman” who needed help getting out of her car in a Nyack, N.Y. parking lot.
Several hours later she experienced an ache in her chest, sore arms that felt bruised, nausea and clammy skin. She remembered a popular TV ad and popped a Bayer aspirin but hesitated far longer than she should have before seeking medical attention. RO is now stressing, “Know the symptoms ladies. Listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore. CALL 911 … save yourself.”
Her partner Michelle Rounds is also experiencing health issues. Rosie recently revealed details of her fiancee’s serious medical condition that caused them to postpone their wedding.