After struggling with her fiancée’s rare disease, Rosie O’Donnell is now recovering from the heart attack she suffered last week. The comedienne went to the hospital as soon as she started to feel chest pains and she was thus, saved, says Reuters.
Rosie O’Donnell rarely speaks about her personal life, which is why the press is usually the last to know about the recent problems that the actress is facing. On Monday, however, she revealed in a website post that she is now recovering from the heart attack she suffered last week.
Rosie described herself as a “lucky” person because she managed to survive one of the strongest heart attacks at present. Doctors call it the “widow maker” because very few people survive it. Her left anterior descending artery was almost entirely blocked, so doctors were forced to put a stent in the actress’ heart. Her condition is now better, but she will have to adopt a healthier regime in the future.
O’Donnell doesn’t know what might have caused the heart attack, but the recent stress in her life is definitely related to her health issues. Her fiancée, Michelle Rounds, was diagnosed with desmoid tumors and was forced to undergo various surgical operations in order to recover.
According to the actress’ statement, the chest pains began last week after O’Donnell helped a woman get out of her car in her Nyack village home, near New York. She immediately experienced nausea and fever, so she took an aspirin thinking that she might have caught a cold. The doctor’s diagnosis revealed, however, that the problem was a lot more difficult than she had initially thought.
Now that she has been through this shocking experience, Rosie thinks women should go to medical check-ups as often as possible. These heart attacks are responsible for the deaths of 200,000 women a year in the United States, so people should get more information about them.