Alarming Symptoms And Risk Factors Of Widowmaker, The Deadliest Type Of A Heart Attack
April 10, 2018
If you watch the hit TV show This Is Us, you are probably familiar with the term “widowmaker.” Jack Pearson, a character from the show, died from a widowmaker heart attack shortly after he rescued his family from a fire. In Jack’s case, smoke inhalation was the trigger of the deadly heart attack. But, contrary to what its name suggests, widowmaker heart attacks can affect people of both genders and they aren’t always deadly. Also, they may be triggered by other things, not only by inhaling carbon monoxide.
Widowmaker heart attack is a common term used to describe a complete blockage in the left descending artery (LAD). LAD is one of the three major heart arteries, and it does most of the job of supplying the heart with blood. If the artery becomes blocked, a big portion of the heart can become damaged very quickly, and the event can quickly escalate into a cardiac arrest. Compared to blockages affecting the other two arteries, a blockage in the left descending artery is usually the deadliest.