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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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mrbig201    

It couldn't have happened to a better person!

732 days ago
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Barbara    

Rosie you have helped many people, Please feel better.

Thanks for all the help you provided for all of Katrina People.

732 days ago
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Barbara    

Rosie you are terrific, I am happy you made it to the doctor the very next day, Thanks for getting the message out to all women. I believe God has a away in getting people famous, to help the poor. Also thank you for helping Hurricane Katrina people in Louisiana,,my home town.

My mother is 84 years old and has always loved you , for being one of God helping earth angel. Please feel better.

732 days ago
109.

Pete    

She just found out she has prostate cancer.

732 days ago
110.

Sue    

Weird she chose to tell this the same day Phyllis Diller died. Attention grabber! smh

732 days ago
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Brian O'Mara-Croft    

On sites around the web, I'm finding more comments from folks saying, "Good", calling O'Donnell vile names and bemoaning her survival than any offering anything positive. I know a lot of folks aren't fans of Rosie's variety of humor, but WOW some of these people can be caustic. Hopefully, Rosie's experience (and celebrity) will reinforce messages we're trying to convey in our book, and will help organizations like Go Red for Women who are working very hard to reduce the number of women who die because they ignore symptoms of a heart attack.

732 days ago
112.

tom    

It goes to prove that men suffer more heart attacks. Does this mean Rosie will have to quit her job as the antidote for Viagra

732 days ago
113.

linga    

gg

732 days ago
114.

barb    

I don't believe anything Rosie says, she is always looking for attention to make a come back.

732 days ago
115.

barb    

I never heard of a secret heart attack. She just wants attention.

732 days ago
116.

RA    

Hey, Rosie! Time to lay off the cheeseburgers and the HATE!

732 days ago
117.

The Dago     

The best thing this women could do is leave the earth. Oh, thats right, she already has !

732 days ago
118.

Canefighter    

I never really cared much for her but I wish a heart attack on no one. As a survivor of two silent heart attacks, I can feel for her. Hope all is well and stays that way for her

732 days ago
119.

lukadog    

that ignorant fascist pig was probably choking on her next load of bull****..... You crush Rush and give her a platform......your a fu***ng hypocrit.

Have a Ham sandwich

732 days ago
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kathy    

you people are so mean, i do not like the women but wish her no ill harm. the events of her heart attack are as she preceives them. but i am sure she will use this as a pubcity stunt, as her career is pretty much dead

732 days ago
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