What Is Widow-Maker Heart Attacks?

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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).
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