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Rosie O'Donnell

I Had a Secret Heart Attack

Last Week

8/20/2012 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0820_rosie-odonnell_TMZRosie O'Donnell suffered a major heart attack last week but kept it a secret ... until now, when she revealed the whole scary ordeal on her blog ... as a poem.

In a post on Rosie's official blog dated August 20 ... the comedian drops a bombshell with an entry titled "My Heart Attack" ... in which she explains how she went into cardiac arrest and didn't even realize it.

In the post she explains (in poem form) ... she experienced chest pains, clammy skin, and vomiting ... she then took an aspirin -- but never bothered to call 911.

The next day she went to see a cardiologist and was informed by her doctor that her symptoms were a result of a "widow maker" heart attack.

She says in the post, "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."

She ends with a warning to other women saying, "Know the symptoms ladies ... listen to the voice inside ... CALL 911... save urself."

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jeff    

Her heart attack was just like her stand up comedy. It's not funny at all and it doesn't get the job done.

705 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

You should have kept to yourself because no body cares. I know you're trying your best to stay relevant but note, these days when you're having a heart attack, at the same time you have to be Tweeting, using Tumblr, You tube and Instagram all at the same time to get attention. If this doesn't get you the attention you crave then shut the f-up!

705 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

You should have kept this event to yourself because NO One cares. I know you're trying your best to stay relevant but note, these days whe you're having a heart attack and need an attention fix, you have to be Tweeting, using Tumblr, You tube and Instagram all at the same time to get attention. If this doesn't get you the attention you crave then shut the f-up!

705 days ago
34.

3mojoe    

she is probly lying anyway, why care about this big foul mouth B.tch

705 days ago
35.

BigHoss    

Such ashame she lived....

705 days ago
36.

Robert    

I hope she suffers a very very slow painful death. Looking at her face makes me want to vomit.

705 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Not a fan but she is right, if you think you might, possibly, maybe having a heart attack, GET HELP. Even if it's only indigestion, it's better to know for sure.

705 days ago
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Christopher Duran    

The Donald sent her a 7 tier chocolate cake as a get well gift.

705 days ago
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Christopher Duran    

The Donald sent her a 7 tier chocolate cake as a get well gift.

705 days ago
40.

MadCharles    

Didn't know she had a heart.
I guess they missed it because it's surrounded by mounds of fat. Better check the liver also.

705 days ago
41.

Jen    

Same thing happened to my mother in law, it was 4 days before she saw a doctor. She also has a terrible diet and is in awful shape.

705 days ago
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BECKER    

This cow is so irrenevent Rosie you are done go away and plat nice Because No One Cares about you

705 days ago
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Maggie    

I hope that she does not read these comments. Too many of these remarks are written by bullies. These cruel comments would give anyone a heart attack, if the reader took it to heart. No pun intended. Not to mention that many of these messages are a written communication that would be interpreted as a hate crime. She is sharing important information. Women suffer these symptoms and too often don't act on them. Some make it through just fine, while others do not. It is a cautionary tale and nothing more. Don't shoot the messenger.

705 days ago
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CRAZYGIRL    

Wow, I can't believe all the haters on TMZ. Rosie is a funny, and brash comedienne. She is the real deal bad and good, thats what I admire about her.. She gives millions of money to charitable causes for children. Feel better, Rosie...

705 days ago
45.

Meanie    

Here have another ham sandwich and do some pushups... that's it... a few more.....

705 days ago
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