Rosie O'Donnell Suffers Heart Attack

Celebrity News Aug. 20, 2012 AT 5:10PM
Rosie O'Donnell on December 8, 2011 in Hammond, Indiana. Rosie O'Donnell on December 8, 2011 in Hammond, Indiana. Credit: Timothy Hiatt/WireImage

Rosie O'Donnell knows she's one of the lucky ones.

The talk show host took to her website Monday to reveal she suffered a serious heart attack just last week. (A rep for the star tells Us Weekly she's now "home and resting comfortably.")

O'Donnell, 50, recounts how she helped a woman out of her car while running errands August 14 -- and how a few hours after lifting her, she felt "an ache in my chest, both my arms were sore, everything felt bruised."

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The comedian initially brushed off her symptoms, thinking she had pulled a muscle. But then, "I became nauseous, my skin was clammy," O'Donnell writes. "I googled 'Women's heart attack symptoms.' I had many of them. But really? -- I thought -- naaaa."

As a precautionary measure, O'Donnell took some aspirin ("Thank God, saved by a TV commercial," she writes.) Still, "I did not call 911. 50% of women having heart attacks never call 911 [and] 200,000 women die of heart attacks every year in the U.S."

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"By some miracle I was not one of them," O'Donnell confesses.

The next day, a trip to a cardiologist revealed just how serious her condition was.

"The doctor did an EKG and sent me to the hospital where a stent was put in. My LAD [left anterior descending coronary artery] was 99% blocked," she explains. "They call this type of heart attack the Widow maker. I am lucky to be here."

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O'Donnell's fiancee, Michelle Rounds, is currently dealing with serious health issues as well; in early August, Rounds, whom O'Donnell calls "Mish" was diagnosed with rare Desmoid tumors.

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