Heart attacks can be so much deadly, and the widow maker is one of the deadliest kind of heart attack that can ever happen. It can happen suddenly when a key artery that moves blood to the heart gets almost or completely blocked at any point of time. Without getting the emergency treatment, there is a high chance that you most likely won’t survive.
Despite its name, the widow maker strikes women, too.
How Does It Happen
Your heart muscles need a constant supply of blood at every point of time. When something cuts off the flow, you have a heart attack. Without oxygen, the cells in your heart muscles start to die in just few minutes.
A widow maker attack is when you get a big blockage at the beginning of the left main artery or the left anterior descending artery (LAD). They are the major pipeline for blood. If blood gets 100% blocked at that critical location, then it is almost always fatal without emergency care.
You will get the same warning signs just like the other types of heart attacks.
* Chest pain or discomfort – This is the one of the most common symptom for both the women and men. You may feel pain, pressure, squeezing, or fullness in the centre of your chest for few minutes. The feeling might go away and then return
* Upper body pain or discomfort – You can feel it in one of your arm, your back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
* Shortness of breath – You feel like you can’t catch your breath. This can happen with or without chest discomfort. Women report this symptom more than men.
* Cold sweat
* Pain in the back of the jaw
Heart attacks, which also includes the widow makers, usually happen because of a combination of genetic and lifestyle reasons. Cholesterol and fatty plaque clog your arteries over time and choke off blood.
You are going to be more likely to have heart attacks if you:
* Are obese.
* Eat a lot of unhealthy foods.
* If you are a men with age 45 or a women with age 55.
* Don’t exercise once in a week.
* Have high blood pressure.
* Have uncontrolled diabetes.
Maintaining a healthy life style is a key to avoid any kind of heart attack.
* Take your medicine on time(be it hypertension or diabetes its good to stick with your meds routine).
* Avoid unhealthy food mainly junk and high cholesterol.
* Try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise in a day. If this is not possible try to use stairs, walk when you use your phone.
* Do a full body checkup on every six month. I know people hesitate visiting hospital but believe me your doctor can figure out the early sign with these checkups.