American comedian credits internet research for 'saving my life'

Rosie O'Donnell.
Rosie O'Donnell. Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

American comedian and chat show host Rosie O'Donnell, who suffered a heart attack last week, has said it is a "miracle" she is still alive - and credited the internet for saving her life.

The 50-year-old, a regular celebrity blogger and gay rights activist, researched her early symptoms, which began at the start of this month, online.

O'Donnell said she had a stent inserted after doctors found that her coronary artery was 99% blocked.

She also revealed that Bayer Aspirin aided her successful recovery, after seeing the consumer product advertised.

O'Donnell wrote on her blog: "Thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally.

She added: "Know the symptoms ladies listen to the voice inside the one we all so easily ignore CALL 911.

"Save urself xxx."

Rosie O'Donnell performs on stage.
Rosie O'Donnell performs on stage. Credit: John Gress / Reuters

O'Donnell's agent Cindi Berger told People magazine: "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."

Earlier this month, O'Donnell revealed that her fiancée Michelle Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumours, known as being a very rare condition.

O'Donnell said she first noticed her health problems after overexerting herself by helping a struggling woman get out of her car in a New York car park.