Hours after she helped a woman from her car in a Nyack parking lot, Rosie O’Donnell, popular actor, comedian and South Nyack resident, said she experienced chest ache, clammy skin, nausea and vomiting. She did an online search for heart attack symptoms in women and took some aspirin.

The cardiologist she consulted the next day told her that her coronary artery was 99% blocked. The cardiologist installed a stent.
At last report, Ms. O’Donnell was making good progress toward recovery.

Considering herself lucky, Ms. O’Donnell urged women to know the symptoms of heart attack and to “listen to the voice inside—the one we all so easily ignore.”

Great advice. Get well soon, Rosie!

Symptoms of heart attack
Anthony Komaroff, MD writes that, although the most common sign of heart attack in both men and women is chest pain or discomfort, other symptoms tend to vary depending on gender.

In men—
symptoms include pain or discomfort in the center of the chest, pain or discomfort that radiates to the upper body, especially shoulders or arms and neck, sweating, dizziness.

In women—
symptoms include pressure, aching, or tight-ness in the center of the chest (although not as frequently as in men), shortness of breath, weakness; unusual fatigue, nausea or vomiting, dizziness back or jaw pain.

Dr. Komaroff is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and editor-in-chief of Harvard Health Publications.