Rosie O'Donnell suffers a heart attack, recovering at home
Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is currently recovering at home, the talk show host announced on August 20.
In her post, which was in poetry form, O'Donnell wrote, "I am happy to be alive / last week I had a heart attack."
The host said that on August 14, she helped "an enormous woman struggling to get out of her car" and a few hours later, her body hurt, "everything felt bruised," her arms were sore and she had an ache in her chest. O'Donnell said that she became hot and nauseous and after throwing up, looked up "women's heart attack symptoms."
"I took some Bayer aspirin / thank god / saved by a TV commercial / literally," O'Donnell wrote. She did not call 911 and noted in her post that 50 percent of women suffering from heart attacks never call 911.
The following day, O'Donnell went to a cardiologist, who confirmed that she had suffered from the type of heart attack known as the "widow maker," caused by blockage of the left main coronary artery or left anterior descending coronary artery. O'Donnell's left anterior descending artery or LAD was 99% blocked and, as she noted, the host is "lucky to be here."
In closing, O'Donnell urged everyone to know the symptoms, "listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore" and call 911. Her representative told People magazine, "She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky."
Earlier in the month, O'Donnell announced that she and her fiance Michelle Rounds postponed their wedding after Rounds was diagnosed with a Desmoid tumor from aggressive fibromatosis.
O'Donnell recently announced that she and Rounds were trying to have a baby together, telling Dr. Oz on "The Rosie Show," that Rounds was "trying to get pregnant."
O'Donnell announced her engagement on December 5, during a taping of her show. O'Donnell's spokesperson later confirmed the news to the Associated Press. The 50-year-old host and comedienne met Rounds at a Starbucks last year. O'Donnell first publicly stepped out with Rounds on September 19 at her annual Rosie Theater Kids Gala in New York City.
"I thought she was a 28-year-old heterosexual girl, because that's what she looked like to me. And she's a 40-year-old gay woman," the comedian told "Nightline" correspondent Cynthia McFadden about the first time she met Rounds, in an October interview. "My gaydar was way off... I think if I had known that she was gay, I wouldn't have been brave enough to talk to her."
O'Donnell's OWN talk show "The Rosie Show" was cancelled in March, after one season on air.
Rounds is a corporate head hunter in New York. O'Donnell was previously married to long-time partner Kelli Carpenter from 2004 to 2007. The couple adopted three children: Sons Parker and Blake and daughter Chelsea. Carpenter also gave birth to a daughter named Vivienne Rose in 2002.
From 1996 to 2002, O'Donnell hosted her own daytime talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," which earned her six Daytime Emmys for outstanding talk show host. She later co-hosted "The View" in 2006 and left the show a year later.