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Rosie O’Donnell Suffered Scary Heart Attack; Do You Know These 8 Warning Signs?

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Yesterday, Rosie O'Donnell wrote on her blog that she had a heart attack last week. After she helped an “enormous” woman get out of her car (not that we believe that caused her heart attack), she began developing chest pains, which she ignored at first. But this is something that could have killed her, she admits now. That's why it's important to know the warning signs that you may be having a heart attack (and remember, the symptoms are often different for women):

On her blog, O'Donnell explained what happened, starting out by saying that she's happy to be alive:

last week i had a heart attack
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

The 50-year-old television personality wasn't sure if these symptoms were a heart attack, so she looked it up on the Internet:

maybe this is a heart attack
i googled womens heart attack symptoms
i had many of them
but really? – i thought – naaaa

Rosie went on to say that she took some Bayer aspirin and then saw a TV commercial which made her realize she was most likely having a heart attack, but she still didn't call 911:

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

She went on to say that one branch of her left coronary artery was 99% blocked and she's lucky to be here today.

According to the National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease, different women will have different symptoms of a heart attack. Some women experience several symptoms while others show all symptoms, including:

— Discomfort, tightness,uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, or comes and goes
— Crushing chest pain
— Pressure or pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, upper back, jaw, or arms.
— Dizziness or nausea
— Clammy sweats, heart flutters, or paleness
— Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness – especially with exertion
— Stomach or abdominal pain
— Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

Some women mistakenly believe that a heart attack means severe chest pain, but that's why it's important to know all of these warning signs–and to call 911 right away if you experience any of them.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Rosie!

 

Photo: lgbtweekly.com

 

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