What Is Widow-Maker Heart Attacks?

Q:
What is widow-maker heart attacks?

A:
A widow-maker heart attack is an informal term used to describe a sudden heart attack caused by 100 percent blockage in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery which is a critical blood vessel. Like all heart attacks, widow-maker heart attack is fatal for both men and women.

Risk factors

  • Smoking;
  • Hypertension;
  • High cholesterol;
  • Genetics;
  • Diabetes.

Symptoms

  • Arm and chest pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

In addition, there are different symptoms when a widow-maker heart attack affects women. Women are more likely to feel fatigue, nausea and sudden sweating.

Treatments

When you suspect you are experiencing a widow-maker heart attack:

  • It’s extremely important to call or ask someone call 911 immediately.
  • Do not drive by yourself to hospital.
  • On the way to hospital, well-trained paramedics could administer CPR and apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock or “reset” the heart.
  • After you arrive at hospital, professionals would provide further lifesaving treatment.

Please remember that every minute counts when encountering a widow-maker heart attack.

Key words: widow-maker heart attack; left anterior descending (LAD) artery; CPR; automated external defibrillator (AED).

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.