NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – Former South Florida resident Rosie O’Donnell had a recent health scare.
She said on her blog she suffered a heart attack last week and is lucky to be alive. Doctors inserted a stent because O’Donnell said her coronary artery was 99-percent blocked.
It all started she said when she helped lift an “enormous woman” out of her car on Aug. 14 and a few hours later, her chest ached, her arms were sore, she became nauseous and had clammy skin.
She initially thought she had pulled a muscle, she continued, but then added in her free-verse writing style, “Maybe this is a heart attack/i googled womens heart attack symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought – naaaa.”
O’Donnell said she took some Bayer aspirin (“Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally”) and went to a cardiologist the next day.
She said her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. A stent was inserted.
“They call this type of heart attack/the Widow maker/i am lucky to be here,” she wrote. “Know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself.”
A rep for O’Donnell told Us Weekly that she is now “home and resting comfortably.”
The comedian recently hosted “The Rosie Show” on the Oprah Winfrey Network. It was canceled in March.