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How is widow maker heart attack treated?

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You may survive a widow maker if the emergency room doctors can treat you quickly. The ER team races against time to unblock your left main or LAD artery within 90 minutes of your heart attack. Restoring the blood flow can prevent scars on your heart that can do permanent damage.

Usually, you won’t need surgery. Instead, your doctors most likely will need to place one or more stents.

SOURCES:

Texas Heart Institute: “When speaking of heart disease, what is the Widowmaker?”

National Cancer Institute: “Structure of the Heart.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart attack.”

Michigan Health: “A Doctor Explains What Makes a Heart Attack a ‘Widowmaker.’”

Texas Health Resources: “The ‘This Is Us’ Widowmaker Heart Attack Explained.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery,” “Cardiac Catheterization & Coronary Angioplasty and Stent (Interventional Procedures).”

American Heart Association: “What Is an Automatic External Defibrillator?” “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2018 At-a-Glance.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : Cardiovascular Interventions: “Outcomes After Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients With Unprotected Left Main Stem Occlusion: The BCIS National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 6-Year Experience.”

Myheart.net: “The Widow Maker Heart Attack.”

SecondsCount.org: “Treating Heart Attack with Angioplasty & Stenting.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Texas Heart Institute: “When speaking of heart disease, what is the Widowmaker?”

National Cancer Institute: “Structure of the Heart.”

Mayo Clinic: “Heart attack.”

Michigan Health: “A Doctor Explains What Makes a Heart Attack a ‘Widowmaker.’”

Texas Health Resources: “The ‘This Is Us’ Widowmaker Heart Attack Explained.”

Cleveland Clinic: “How You Can Outsmart the Widow Maker Artery,” “Cardiac Catheterization & Coronary Angioplasty and Stent (Interventional Procedures).”

American Heart Association: “What Is an Automatic External Defibrillator?” “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2018 At-a-Glance.”

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : Cardiovascular Interventions: “Outcomes After Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in Patients With Unprotected Left Main Stem Occlusion: The BCIS National Audit of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention 6-Year Experience.”

Myheart.net: “The Widow Maker Heart Attack.”

SecondsCount.org: “Treating Heart Attack with Angioplasty & Stenting.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 16, 2018

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