Heart Attack

Aug 222012
 
Rosie O'Donnel

Rosie O’Donnel
Photo: public domain

A few days ago, Rosie O’Donnel suffered a dangerous heart attack. The circumstances preceding it – she helped an overweight woman into the car – had her question her symptoms. She assumed that her chest pains were related to the physical strain but couldn’t bring herself to believe that they could be signaling a heart attack. Just to be on the safe side, she’s taken a Bayer aspirin before going to sleep. Next day, she’s decided to see a cardiologist to rule out the possibility of a heart attack. Sure enough, the cardiologist run an EKG and found that Rosie O’Donnel’s Left Anterior Descending Artery was 99% blocked. She’s been sent to a hospital immediately and had a stent inserted into the blocked artery to ensure normal blood circulation.

From what we know so far, Rosie saved her own life by taking an aspirin even though she wasn’t certain whether it was the heart or a strained muscle that was bothering her. Surely, seeing a cardiologist ASAP was a smart idea as well.

Rosie O’Donnel is on the mend as we speak and US Celebrity Blog is rooting for her speedy recovery. As some sources have it, even Donald Trump – her adversary – joined the many well-wishers and sent her a “get well” message. Nice touch!

We are happy to know that Rosie is getting better. She is talented, successful, prolific and by all accounts, an extra-ordinary person. Every woman however should take Rosie O’Donnel’s experience personally.

WOMAN’S SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK ARE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE EXPERIENCED BY A MAN! Most women don’t have crushing pain in the chest. The majority of women have vague symptoms which can range from those of indigestion, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, even: back pain. Female patients are seldom sure that they’re having a heart attack and unfortunately, many doctors misinterpret the symptoms of a female attack as well.

This is why “50% of women having a heart attacks never call 911 and 200,000 women die of heart attacks every year in the US” (quoted from Rosie.com)
Girls, please REMEMBER: if you have a suspicion that you might be having a heart attack, INSIST ON EKG that’s the only way for a doctor to actually see the condition of your heart and arteries.

Women are caretakers by nature and habitually diminish their own aches and pains. Don’t ignore your symptoms: when in doubt, take an aspirin, call 911 and have an EKG.

Thank you Rosie O’Donnel for sharing your experience: it may save lives.