Rosie O'Donnell Survives Heart Attack

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Rosie O\'Donnell Survives Heart Attack
She’s down but she ain’t out.

After suffering a heart attack last week, television personality Rosie O’Donnell is recovering at her home and doing well. The survival story is all thanks to some quick thinking and paying attention during the commercials.

The insight came from a post on her blog, where she credited her survival to two things: a Google search and a Bayer aspirin.

“i googled womens heart attack symptoms / i had many of them /but really? – i thought – naaaa,” she wrote in verse form, as standard on her blog. “i took some bayer aspirin / thank god / saved by a tv commercial / literally…”

And they say you can’t learn anything from television…

According to the blog post, Rosie suffered from a heart attack referred to as a “widow maker.” The attack gets its ugly name from its serious symptoms and almost certain death.

The widow maker is a term used to describe an abnormal and extreme case of the left main coronary artery narrowing to cause occlusion, which can block blood flow completely.

Early signs – which Rosie reportedly experienced - can include flu or food poisoning like symptoms such as achiness, nausea and clammy skin.

A stent was inserted to assist blood in Rosie’s coronary blood flood. Her artery was 99 percent blocked.

“She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky," a rep for Rosie told People magazine.

Though Rosie did all the right things in the time of emergency, she's aware of the statistics and acknowledged she forget one crucial step… Calling 911.

"by some miracle i was not one of them," she wrote, adding: "know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself."

Unfortunately, no matter where Rosie turns lately, she can’t catch a break. In the early part of this month, it was announced that Rosie’s fiancée Michell Rounds had been diagnosed with a rare case of desmoid tumors.
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