What Women Can Learn from Rosie O’Donnell’s Heart Attack

Originally posted on Health & Family:

Not every heart patient turns to verse to describe a heart attack, but that’s how comedian Rosie O’Donnell chose to tell the world that she had joined the 435,000 women in the U.S. each year who experience heart attacks.

What surprised fans who read her poem, “My Heart Attack,” posted on her blog, was that O’Donnell didn’t realize right away she was even having a heart attack. After feeling tightness in her chest and some pain after helping a woman get out of her car, O’Donnell went for almost an entire day before her persistent pain led her to look up her symptoms on the Internet. Only then did she realize that what she was feeling matched up with the signs of a heart attack.

She wrote:

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

save urself

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