The widow maker heart attack, also known as “the big one”, is an acute occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery that can lead to severe heart muscle damage and/or death. If not treated in a timely matter, surviving a heart attack of this magnitude is very difficult. While visiting Austin, Texas, my wife and I […]
The widowmaker is the quintessential heart attack. And it’s dangerous. Find out why they call this LAD blockage the widow maker, what you can do to limit the risks of such a heart attack, and how widowmaker heart attacks are treated.
I frequently perform emergency procedures to open up blocked heart arteries. At the end of the case, I’m often asked by the patient “how could this happen, I only just had a normal stress test a few months ago!” They think they have either been mismanaged by their cardiologist, or that the test was read […]
To survive a heart attack you first must understand what is actually happening to the body when a heart attack occurs. What happens in a heart attack? A sudden rupture in an unstable area of a wall in an artery leads to buildup of clot with often-total blockage of the artery. This cuts off the blood […]