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What are symptoms of a widow maker heart attack?

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  • Chest pain or discomfort. This is the most common symptom. You may feel pain, pressure, squeezing, or fullness in the center of your chest for several minutes. The feeling might go away and then return.
  • Upper body pain or discomfort. You might feel it in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can happen with or without chest discomfort. Women report this more often than men do.
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pain in the back of the jaw

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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