Rosie O'Donnell had a heart attack and survived and lived to tell the tale on her blog.
The 50-year-old former TV talk show host says it's a "miracle" and that she managed to save herself, thanks to the Internet and TV commercials.
"Thank god/saved by a TV commercial/literally," the comedian wrote on her blog, after explaining that as soon as she started experiencing pain in her arms and chest, she popped Bayer asprin because she had seen it in an advertisement.
She also researched the symptoms she was having including nausea, sore arms and clammy skin and suspected what the problem was.
"Maybe this is a heart attack," she writes on her blog. "i googled womens heart attack symptoms/i had many of them/but really? – i thought – naaaa." She took the aspirin but didn't call 911. Now she realizes it was a mistake, noting thousands of women die each year of heart attacks. "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 ursellf."
After finally going to the hospital, a stent was inserted after doctors found that her coronary artery was 99 percent blocked. "She is very, very lucky," says her rep.
She is now home resting, but Rosie claims the problems started on August 14 after she helped "an enormous woman" struggling to get out of her car in a parking lot in Nyack, N.Y., near her home. "They call this type of heart attack/the Widow Maker/i am lucky to be here," she wrote.
Earlier this month Rosie and her fiancée, Michelle Rounds, postponed their wedding after Michelle was diagnosed with rare desmoid tumors.