“Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally,” she wrote on her blog.
O’Donnell ended up having a stent inserted after doctors learned her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. Her rep, Cindi Berger, told People magazine that she’s home recovering and is “resting comfortably.” She added that Rosie is “very, very lucky.”
The former TV host shared that the type of heart attack she had is referred to as a “widow maker.” She suffered terrible pain beginning August 14 after she helped “an enormous woman” struggling to get out of her car in Nyack, New York. Hours later she experienced chest pains, sore arms, nausea, and clammy skin.
O’Donnell blogged after she did some research on her pain:
“Maybe this is a heart attack. I googled women’s heart attack symptoms/I had many of them/but really? – I thought – naaaa.”
Rosie didn’t dial 911 when she first experienced the symptoms — as most women mistakenly do. The fact they’re having a heart attack seems extreme, so they don’t even consider it that serious. Many die as a result of not getting to a hospital as soon as possible.
O’Donnell later wrote after realizing she should have called 911 when she first felt the pain:
“By some miracle i was not one of them. Know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself.”