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In Wake of Heart Attack Rosie O'Donnell Promotes Heart Disease Awareness for Women

In Wake of Heart Attack Rosie O'Donnell Promotes Heart Disease Awareness for Women

Rosie O’Donnell appears with her wife Michelle Rounds on Thursday’s The Dr. Oz Show to help get the message out about women and heart disease after O’Donnell suffered a heart attack this summer and failed to call 911 when she began to recognize the symptoms.

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Rosie O’Donnell appears with her wife Michelle Rounds on Thursday’s The Dr. Oz Show to help get the message out about women and heart disease after O’Donnell suffered a heart attack this summer and failed to call 911 when she began to recognize the symptoms.

"I said to Michelle, 'I think this could be a heart attack,' " O'Donnell, 50, tells Dr. Oz regarding the attack, according to People. O’Donnell goes on to say that she chewed some Bayer Women’s Aspirin and fell asleep but never called 911.

"Fifty percent of women, while having heart attacks and suspecting they're having heart attacks, do not call 911," O’Donnell says. "It was the stupidest decision I ever made in my life."

Dr. Oz’s interview will also feature Rounds, who was diagnosed with rare Desmoid tumors in June, discussing how she’s been working with her wife to help her get into a healthier life style. 

"It's challenging. I've been working with her for about a year on thinking of better, healthier habits, and I think she's come a long way," Rounds tells Dr. Oz. "She tends to put others first. She has a very big heart, but I think we've come a long way. We're on the right track." 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.