Rosie O’Donnell says she suffered a heart attack last week, but survived it by taking an aspirin.
The 50-year-old comedian said her symptoms occurred last Tuesday, hours after she helped pull an “enormous woman struggling to get out of her car.” Blogging about the experience in verse Monday, O’Donnell wrote:
“my body hurt,I had an ache in my chest, both my arms were sore, everything felt bruised.”
The pain continued, O’Donnell said, and she felt nauseous. Her skin became clammy and she felt hot and threw up. She searched for heart attack symptoms online and found that she had several of them. She wrote:
“I took some bayer aspirin, thank god,saved by a tv commercial,literally.”
Doctors believe aspirin can in certain cases help prevent blood clots that block blood vessels and cause heart attacks. People should consult a doctor before deciding whether to regularly take aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack.
When O’Donnell went to a cardiologist the day after experiencing the symptoms, she was told that she had a 99 percent blockage. She received a stent.
“they call this type of heart attack,the Widow maker, I am lucky to be here,” O’Donnell wrote.
O’Donnell urged women to know the symptoms of a heart attack, and to do what she didn’t — call 911 — if they experience them.