A Rosie O’Donnell heart attack last week left the comedian and TV show host lucky to be alive. Rosie O’Donnell announced Monday she suffered a heart attack last Tuesday and believes she was “saved by a TV commercial” for Bayer aspirin.

The Rosie O’Donnel heart attack scare happened on Tuesday after the comedian helped an “enormous woman” out of her car in a parking lot in New York. Just a few hours later, Rosie O’Donnell began feeling sick with a pain in her chest and sore arms. At first she just thought she strained a muscle, but later started feeling hot with clammy skin and she threw up, O’Donnell said on her blog.

Fearing she might be in trouble. Rosie O’Donnell did a Google search for “women’s heart attack symptoms” and found that she was having many of them. Remembering the Bayer commercials about how aspirin can help if you are having a heart attack, Rosie O’Donnell took some. Still, however, she did not call 911 or go to the hospital.

The next day, Rosie O’Donnell visited a cardiologist and found out she was incredibly lucky to be alive. “The doctor did an EKG and sent me to the hospital where a stent was put in. My LAD” — the left anterior descending branch of her coronary artery — “was 99 percent blocked.” O’Donell had a stent put in to open the artery and is “now home and resting comfortable” according to rep Cindi Berger.

In the Rosie O’Donnell heart attack scare, the comedian credited taking the Bayer aspirin with possibly saving her life. “Saved by a TV commercial. Literally,” O’Donnell wrote on her blog.

CClosing out her post about her heart attack, Rosie O’Donnell urged women not to do what she did. “Know the symptoms, ladies,” O’Donnell wrote. “Listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore. CALL 911. Save yourself.”

What a rough time it has been for Rosie O’Donnell and her fiancée, Michelle Rounds! The couple discovered only a few weeks ago that Rounds has a rare disease called desmoid tumors and required surgery, which forced them to delay their planned wedding until next summer.

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