Calling it a "miracle" she's still alive, Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.
O'Donnell, 50, credited her survival to quick Internet research
on her painful symptoms and a Bayer aspirin she had seen recommended in
"Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally," she wrote Monday in her usual verse form on her blog.
said she had a stent inserted after doctors found that her coronary
artery was 99 percent blocked. In a statement on Monday, her rep Cindi
Berger tells PEOPLE, "She is now home and resting comfortably. She is
very, very lucky."
"They call this type of heart attack/the Widow Maker/i am lucky to be here," she wrote.
Earlier this month, O'Donnell, 50, shared the news that her fiancée Michelle Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a very rare affliction.
O'Donnell said her own health problems started on Aug. 14 after
she helped "an enormous woman" struggling to get out of her car in a
parking lot in Nyack, N.Y.
A few hours later, her chest ached, both arms felt sore as if they were bruised, she became nauseous, and had clammy skin.
"maybe this is a heart attack," she wrote. "i googled womens
heart attack symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought –
She took the aspirin recommended for people who think they are
suffering a heart attack but didn't call 911. She said that hundreds of
thousands of women die each year of heart attacks and that many never
dial the emergency number.
"by some miracle i was not one of them," she wrote, adding:
"know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so
easily ignore/CALL 911/save urself."
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