Rosie O’Donnell Suffers Heart Attack

Rosie O'Donnell had a heart attack, she revealed via poem on her blog today. O'Donnell said it happened after she helped a heavy woman out of her car last week:

Rosiea few hours later my body hurt
 i had an ache in my chest
both my arms were sore
everything felt bruised

muscular – i thought
strained or pulled tissue
i went about my day
the pain persisted

i became nauseous
my skin was clammy
i was very very hot
i threw up

maybe this is a heart attack
i googled womens heart attack symptoms
i had many of them
but really? – i thought – naaaa

O'Donnell took aspirin but did not call 911 and expressed regret for not doing so in the poem:

my LAD was 99% blocked
they call this type of heart attack
the Widow maker
i am lucky to be here

know the symptoms ladies
listen to the voice inside
the one we all so easily ignore
CALL 911

save urself
xxx

Said O'Donnell's rep to People magazine: "She is now home and resting comfortably. She is very, very lucky."

Comments

  1. Rick says

    Oh, brother. Only a lesbo-feminist would google “WOMEN’S heart attack symptoms”, as opposed to just “heart attack symptoms” (are symptoms different for the genders?….not that I know of)…..and would end her “poem” with “Know the symptoms, ladies”, presumably because she does not give a damn about men knowing the symptoms.

    The more experience I have, the more I suspect that lesbians are simply women who don’t like men rather than women who are actually sexually attracted to other women–they are all just too political and too feminist-oriented (usually feminism of the radical variety) and too anti-male for me to be completely convinced otherwise…..(and how much fun can sex be anyway when you cannot even have intercourse?)

  2. greenluv1322 says

    Hey Donald, sorry I mean Rick…In the past, many of the major cardiovascular research studies were conducted on men. Results of clinical studies under way may help clarify gender differences that may affect diagnosis and treatment of women with heart disease.

    Clinicians and patients often attribute chest pains in women to non-cardiac causes, leading to misinterpretation of their condition.

    I guess your gay because you haven’t found the right woman, yet. Good luck with that.

  3. Rick says

    @ANDY Actually, I read some of the articles on WebMD related to “different symptoms” for women ….and found that there really are not any…..and that even chest-pain is experienced by 58% of women as opposed to 70% of men, not that big a difference.

    So what this is is yet another attempt on the part of feminists to conduct a PR campaign to ensure that health-care research dollars are channeled to women’s concerns rather than men’s…….one result of which has been–just to cite a single example–the ridiculous imbalance whereby breast cancer is given far greater emphasis in this society than prostate cancer and gets far more funding.

    Just as Title IX has been used to promote women’s sports the expense of men’s sports, one reason the performance of American men in the Olympics has fallen off so much while the performance of women has dramatically improved.

    And you all fall for it hook, line, and sinker, even though gay men are among the biggest victims of prostate cancer and other diseases that fall by the wayside so that women can be catered to instead.

    Typical.

  4. Rick says

    @ANDY Actually, I read some of the articles on WebMD related to “different symptoms” for women ….and found that there really are not any…..and that even chest-pain is experienced by 58% of women as opposed to 70% of men, not that big a difference.

    So what this is is yet another attempt on the part of feminists to conduct a PR campaign to ensure that health-care research dollars are channeled to women’s concerns rather than men’s…….one result of which has been–just to cite a single example–the ridiculous imbalance whereby breast cancer is given far greater emphasis in this society than prostate cancer and gets far more funding.

    Just as Title IX has been used to promote women’s sports the expense of men’s sports, one reason the performance of American men in the Olympics has fallen off so much while the performance of women has dramatically improved.

    And you all fall for it hook, line, and sinker, even though gay men are among the biggest victims of prostate cancer and other diseases that fall by the wayside so that women can be catered to instead.

    Typical.

  5. I wont grow up says

    This useless bag of skin is an abrasive, untalented attention whore, whose fame is OVER. She has failed to recover from her irresponsible big mouthed tirades that ended up getting her fired from almost every thing she has done in the last few years.She flits from cause to cause like a ping pong ball. She is an embarrassment to the gay community. She should retire and just go away.

  6. Gary A says

    Uggggggggg. The comments section of Towleroad has become such a trollfest. Is there no way to ban the likes of the ‘Rick’s on here?

    Get and feel better Rosie!!!

  7. timothy R says

    Rick, hurry over to the Rufus Wainwright post. No one there has made any hateful, ignorant, demeaning comments yet. Hurry!

    Seriously, I love this site, but often I just come away from the comments sections horrified by what I read. Such a shame this great site is at the mercy of so many insane trolls from hell.

  8. John says

    Rick, which WebMD articles did you read? And maybe you don’t think 58% is much different than 70% but it is statistically significant.

    And it is strange that you complain about the money that goes to breast cancer research support when HIV/AIDS, which historically has been, and often still is, regarded as a gay man’s disease here in the United States, receives a HUGE amount of research support money and money to help those living with the disease.

  9. GABE says

    WOW! Rick hates girly men and apparently women as well! Got issues much? There is so much stupidity in your ramblings it defies logic. You really are a sad, sad human being. So much bitterness to people, it must be so lonely in that world. Do yourself a favor and do research before you spout offabout things you know nothing about.

  10. RJ says

    To Rick, I guess a day without mysogyny is like a day without sunshine.

    As for your contention re: 58% vs 70% being “not that big a difference”, all I have to say is… FAIL.

  11. Billy says

    Very glad she’s doing better. Hopefully it’s a wakeup call to take better care of herself.

    Now will the commenters ever learn to ignore Rick? I mean, honestly, why you all bother talking to that attention whore is beyond me. It’s exactly what he wants.

  12. David says

    I wish Rosie a quick recovery!

    Too bad most of these posts are responses to the hateful, ignorant comments of one “Rick”.
    As a doctor, I can concur that women often do have different cardiac symptoms than men. So to criticize Rosie based on your own ignorance is pretty pathetic.

  13. andrew says

    Folks: Rick gets exactly what he wants, attention. He throws bombs and then waits for all the knee jerk reactions. If only we, myself included, would learn to ignore him, he would go away.

  14. says

    @Ricky: You know Rick, I’m truly fascinated by you. I want to know and learn about you so that I can prevent what happened with you from happening it to others so, they won’t end up like you. Were you always like this or was it a stroke or a head injury? Please lemme know.

  15. JWB says

    Hey, RICK YOU PRICK – I;m a guy and have been through those symtoms. It scares the HELL out of you. You don;t want to believe it but you arenp;t sure. YOU ARE AN ASS! I applaud Rosie for not panicking and seeking the info she could to save her life. I can only hope that I, and my friends will do the same. Since you think it stupid – I am a church musician – tell your WHOEVER I will play your funeral for FREE.

  16. BobN says

    “(are symptoms different for the genders?….not that I know of)”

    Symptoms aren’t radically different, but incidence sure is. Many women dismiss the possibility of heart disease at Rosie’s age because it is relatively rare. Even if they have symptoms — and you don’t get to 99% occlusion without mild, persistent symptoms before the attack — they and their doctors are less likely to consider heart disease as the cause.

    What strikes me as odd is that a person with the resources Rosie has doesn’t have better preventative care and screening.

  17. Dback says

    The “traditional” symptoms for a heart attack–the arm goes numb, the chest constricts, etc.–are usually male symptoms, and revolve around physical pain. I read somewhere that the #1 symptom women usually experience for up to several hours beforehand is a seemingly-out-of-nowhere anxiety or a panicked feeling. So yes, men and women do experience these things differently. (And if she was helping a woman out of a car, and the woman was using Rosie as a major form of support, that could indeed put her body under tremendous stress.)

    I still think Rosie has contributed a great deal of goodness to the world, and will hopefully contribute a great deal more. On the day we lost Phyllis Diller, it’s important to speak well of significant female comediennes and their impact and influence; O’Donnell’s impact, like it or not, was HUGE.

  18. TJ says

    Negative comments to this thread exemplify why I seldom post anymore. So weary of the negativity. So sick of RICK. Waiting now for UFFDA to comment now and confirm my resolve to stay away.

  19. Cam says

    I see that the last few minions NOM has on the payroll are on here trying to stir up trouble. The usually stick to the posts about race. Guess that wasn’t working as well as they’d hoped. Yes bigoted visitors to this gay blog, women can have different symptoms…..something your boss Maggie Gallager probably knows if she ever stopped chewing her cud long enough to pick up a book.

  20. Paul says

    My mother had a minor heart attack back in 1988 at the age of 64. The doctors diagnosed it as stress and a pinched nerve. One week later she was dead. Rosie O’Donell is right to point out the differences in the way the medical world has treated female heart conditions.

  21. Dr. C says

    IGNORE RICK- he’s been trolling this website for years and his toxic comments distract readers from the read issues. He’s on dozens of other websites doing the same thing.

    Rosie, I love you and am sending you love, light, and armfuls of speedy recovery- (TABOO was amazing by the way!)

  22. millerbeach says

    Despite what the resident troll may post, symptoms are indeed different for women. They also have a higher tolerance of pain, since they typically give birth. I hope this serves as warning to always, always, always call 9-1-1 even if you SUSPECT you MAY be having a heart attack. Chances are, you ARE having a heart attack. I buried my grandmother at age 10 and an uncle at age 22 all because they both thought it was “just a little indigestion.” They weren’t…they were full-blown heart attacks. My wonderful uncle spent his last year and a half of life as a virtual cripple…had to sleep sitting up, could not even bend over without getting winded. It was sickening to see a man, in the prime of his life, live as an invalid. I wish you all the best, Rosie. At least you did eventually call 9-1-1. Let this be a wake-up call to anyone reading my message. It just may save your life. Do not ignore that funny tingling in your hands, that sharp pain in your arm, that funny feeling in your jaw. Learn the symptoms before becoming a victim.

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