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EXCLUSIVE: Rosie  O’Donnell had a real and serious heart attack last week.  She just blogged about it on www.rosie.com.  Rosie nearly died from what is known the Widow maker.  According to her posting shevwas 99 percent blocked. She received a stent during angioplasty and is home, recovering. The attack seems to have been brought on by act of good will. Rosie helped a heavy woman out of her car in a parking lot. The strain may have caused the attack. Wisely she immediately took a Bayer aspirin. “Saved by a commercial,” she quips. Rosie’s already had a stressful summer with the illness of fiancee Michelle Rounds. But Michelle’s improving, I am told. Rosie, get better soon!

its a semi-sunny monday
the light bouncing off the flat hudson
mish is sitting next to me
i am happy to be alive
last week i had a heart attack
here is what happened
on tuesday morning
while walking in a parking lot in nyack
i heard a loud commanding voice
“can u help me”
more of  a demand than request
a challenge – a plea
i turned and saw an enormous woman
struggling to get out of her car
she was stuck
“can u help me? she asked again
as i walked toward her
“oh u r rosie odonnell”
yes i am
the ghost of christmas future
me – if i did not wake
there r no accidents i thought
as i braced myself and lifted her
it was not easy
but together we did it
she was up and on her way
with gratitude
a few hours later my body hurt
 i had an ache in my chest
both my arms were sore
everything felt bruised
muscular – i thought
strained or pulled tissue
i went about my day
the pain persisted
i became nauseous
my skin was clammy
i was very very hot
i threw up
maybe this is a heart attack
i googled womens heart attack symptoms
i had many of them
but really? – i thought – naaaa
i took some bayer aspirin
thank god
saved by a tv commercial
i did not call 911
50% of women having heart attacks never call 911
200,000 women die of heart attacks
every year in the US
by some miracle i was not one of them
the next day i went to a cardiologist
the dr did an EKG and sent me to the hospital
where a stent was put in
my LAD was 99% blocked
they call this type of heart attack
i am lucky to be here
know the symptoms ladies
listen to the voice inside
the one we all so easily ignore
CALL 911
save urself


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45 replies to this post
  1. While we totally disagree politically, I wish you a very speedy recovery and I hope things go well for you. Thank you so much for the advice, and you take care of yourself!

  2. Dear Rosie,

    Any differences we may have in our political beliefs aside, I wish you a speedy and thorough recovery and a long and happy life. You show your love for all of us by posting your personal experiences. You may very well be responsible for saving lives…..Thank you… and jeezus your a funny broad! ILMAO.


  3. REALLY REALLY disagree with Rosie’s politics, but wish her a speedy recovery and hope she takes better care of herself in the future. I hope this nudges people to their doctors for a physical.

  4. Thank you for sharing this information. It was several years ago I was watching your talk show and it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you were urging women to get mammograms. I thought I haven’t had one in a long time, but filed the thought away for later. A couple nights later I woke up out of a dream and heard your voice again, but this time with more urgency in it – for me to get a mammogram. Okay – I can do that I thought, but didn’t remember when I woke up to make the appt. Next night I had a another dream and my late mother came to me and told me – (kind of issued it with altitude), to get a mammogram – I woke up remembering it and made the appointment. I found out I had breast cancer, but if I had waited longer it would have been worse.

    So now I want to thank you and wish you the best and the best of health for you. It was a random moment that I caught the headline about your experience, so I am listening and I hear you. I am seriously taking your experience with your heart – well – to heart, so to speak, and go in and get checked out.

    Since you have been an angel in my life, I am going to return the favor and urge you to do whatever it takes to unclog your heart. Whatever it takes, diet and exercise or freeing yourself from the stresses that pile up – do it. You are important to many and your children deserve to have both of their mothers in their lives.

    REST and feel better.

  5. I have to agree with others that can’t stand her pushy political posturing but love her when she is just being lovable ole Rosie. Get well soon and hopefully use this to take care of any health issues so that you will continue to do whatever it is that you do for a long, long time.

  6. I’m a conservative used to be a Dem. I wish you a speedy recovery God is awesome, he can do anything!

    Not pro abort, Pro 2nd Ammendment that type of Conservative. God Bless .

  7. I hope you feel better soon. Know that there are a lot of people praying for you – those who disagree with your political and social views and they are NOT haters because they disagree with you. Rest and get well soon.

  8. Rosie, had a similar scare but did go to the ER first thing they did was give me an aspirn. But I had already taken two….. information means saving lives……I am the direct opposite pole from you politically but wish you a speedy recovery. Stop stressing so much!!!!! We TEA folks have lots of good points you know. :)

  9. Rather then posting such a “concise description” about your heart attack, you might have and should take better care of yourself. It is not only you, but your spouse and kids you should be concerned with….lose the weight, exercise and eat healthy….you owe it to your family!!

  10. We are polar opposites in terms of cultural and political orientation. Please do me a favour. Try one of the 82 milligram aspirins every morning. And! also try to incorporate two small/medium teeth of garlic every day in your diet. My mother dropped all her special blood pressure and cholesterol medicines after I yelled at her about this. She went from 170/110 to 100/68 and drove around until she stopped one day at 90 years of age. Died in her sleep, after 40 years of my aspirin and garlic and red wine “additives”.
    Get well. We can fight later.
    El Gringo Viejo

  11. I have a love / hate relationship with Rosie. As an entertainer, I am not a big fan. However, she is a stand up gal, forcing people to look at the 9/11 event in our lives. You Tube her interview with William Rodriguez in her kitchen. That is the real 9/11, that she knows about, and you should also. She lost one of the best gigs in TV when she choose doing what was correct, over shutting up and playing along.

    Rosie, I will always love and respect you for your wisdom and courage to tell the truth.

  12. I very strongly disagree with Rosie in just about every way, but I wish her the best of health and a full and speedy recovery. Having experienced this very thing a few years ago I truly empathize with her. When it comes down to it we are all members of the human race and at times like this politics should not matter. Get well Rosie!

  13. Don’t agree with most of what you stand for but am very happy that you are still here with us and that you were quick on the draw with the aspirin…. take care and get well….and get back to making us laugh….that is what you do that brings people together. :0)

  14. Rosie – I think that you have done a great service by describing your symptoms as they occured. We all hear about how women experience these events differently from men and it is like “okay, just what is it like when a woman has this experience and how might it be different?” Thank you for relating your experience in such a clear way.

  15. Also check out “metabolic cardiology” book by Dr. Sinatra.
    Get the Berkely Heart Lab and Cleveland Heart Lab tests run ( without overlaps). Do more googling about all the new terminlogy you will learn.

    Every day above ground is a “good day”!

    I’ve been 6 months on Dr E’s program, so I am heart attack proof! Normal total cholesterol was 265 without meds and is now 139 without meds. Weight has dropped 16% and BP has dropped 10 points (upper and lower) down into completely normotensive (you can google for that one too). It becomes a lot of fun to have 6 or 8 browser tabs open at the same time!

    Will run the heart labs mentioned above after the one year point has been achieved.

    You can make quick meals, easily on veggies. You can save some bucks and buy the good stuff like cherries, and still have money left over!

    Every doctor and most web sites will tell you “diet and exercise”. They dont mean go on a diet, but they mean eat a healthy diet. My exercise routines are 1 1/2 hr strength training twice weekly; walk dogs twice per day for 45 minutes each time; aeorbics is swimming for 1 1/2 hour twice per week. Then just do a lot of other stuff, too! My wieght loss was without any effort to control how much veggies I ate (of the non-starchy types, then finish with the starchy ones and some salad).

    Good luck on recovery!

  16. @Buffmuffin, you’re so brave to wish her a speedy recovery despite the fact that you disagree with her. God, you’re a sad person. Loser.

  17. Thank you for posting such a concise description about what it could be like having a heart attack. It was so beautifully written and easy to read. Great plug for asprin too! God Bless you for many more years

  18. Rosie, please, no more need for stents, bypasses, or other mechanical interventions to “save your life”…go to the web site heartattackproof.com

    The information there will what truly “saves your life”…ask Bill Clinton–he’s a living testament to it. Others—dont wait for heart attack or disease, you can in fact head this off—and reverse it, even if you have the genes that carry it on. Good luck to you and anyone else reading this…dont be a Letterman or Regis, and keep praising these “surgeons” and cardiologists who supposedly “save” your life–they offer only temporary fixes..only you can save your life with the changes needed to not have to fall victim to these super rich surgeons—they dont want a real cure or to share the learnings from heartattackproof—because out of business they will go.

  19. Not a fan but God bless you. Had a similar experience 12 years ago but surgery was needed. Make some changes in your life so you can be around in 12 more years. Good luck.

  20. When Rosie shows her vulnerable side — as, for example, when she apologized about her verbal treatment of Tom Selleck on a show he graciously guested on, or this medical event which she uses to inform women of heart attack symptoms– she can be lovable and useful.

  21. Get well Rosie. I don’t agree with you politicly, but none the less take care of yourself. I had the same thing done but 2 stints and haven’t had any of the heart issues since. The only drag is all the damn medicines you will have to take now. Plavix etc.

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