NeNe Leakes hospitalized with blood clots in her lung

NeNe Leakes had a health scare, yes, but it wasn’t a heart attack, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star said Tuesday.

“My arms are hurting wit these IV’s #blessedtobealive,” the reality TV star and actress tweeted Monday with a photo of her arms laden with tubing and tape.

On Tuesday, the 45-year-old clarified the situation with a post on her official website.

“Late last week I wasn’t feeling well and was feeling a little short of breath. I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out,” Leakes wrote.


After some routine tests, she said, she was diagnosed with blood clots in her lung. “I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job.”

In addition to “RHOA,” Leakes plays Coach Roz on Fox’s “Glee” and appeared on NBC’s “The New Normal.”

“I’m thankful to be alive,” she continued, “as the doctor advised me that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of blood clots and don’t go to the doctor and that’s when the big problems start happening.”

She thanked the doctors and nurses who’d been taking care of her, and noted that she was currently home with her two-time husband, Gregg Leakes. She also refuted erroneous reports that she’d suffered a heart attack.

One danger of a blood clot in the lung is the possibility of a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal, according to WebMD.

By the way, the little bit who climbed up in bed with “Glam’ma” for the second hospital picture is Bri’Asia, the daughter of NeNe’s son Bryant.


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