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Why is the LAD artery referred to as the widow maker?

Why is the LAD artery referred to as the widow maker?

LAD: The left anterior descending artery supplies the major portion of the left ventricle. Sudden death is thought to occur more frequently from occlusion of this vessel than any other single vessel occlusion; thus some people term it as you mentioned. ...Read more

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How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

How commom is the widow maker heart attack?

There are only: Limited data available to answer your question. Some studies indicate about a 53% incidence of atherosclerotic involvement of the Left main or Left anterior descending arteries. If the patient is symptomatic and treated, the MI would be avoided. If not then a widow maker MI might occur. The former occurs much more frequently than the latter so I would say by my experience it is not common. ...Read more

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I hear some other paramedics talk about widow maker mi, can you explain what that is please?

Refers to LAD Artery: The "widow-maker" artery is the left anterior descending artery of the heart. It serves the left ventricle. A major blockage or occlusion of this artery can be devastating and result in sudden death or at least a very serious myocardial infarction (mi), hence the nickname! Thank you for what you do. Paramedics have saved my life before; I have enormous respect for you. Carry on. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Widow-maker heart diseace with 72% blockage in right side of neck, what are the odds of him getting better?

Widow-maker heart diseace with 72% blockage in right side of neck, what are the odds of him getting better?

Excellent: The "widow-maker" is a high grade blockage in the left anterior descending coronary artery. It can be treated with angioplasty and stenting (usual) or by-pass surgery (if necessary). Carotid disease requires no treatment unless symptomatic or very severe - then can be handled with endarterectomy (usual) or stenting (hi risk). Get your cholesterol and BP down and if you smoke, don't! ...Read more

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I have high bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol. Am I at risk for widow maker heart attack daily? Could it happen at anytime due to this risk.?

Yes, but.....: It sounds like you have a family history of heart disease and are genetically programmed to make a unhealthy balance of cholesterols in your blood. This puts you at higher risk of a heart attack. If you google framingham. Org, you can enter your cholesterol and other simple information and get your 3-5 year heart attack risk. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My brother has heart diseace called widow maker, he has had 4 way by-pass, and now his right side of neck is 72% blocked, what are his odds of getting be?

My brother has heart diseace called widow maker, he has had 4 way by-pass, and now his right side of neck is 72% blocked, what are his odds of getting be?

Treat cholesterol: Sounds like he is getting widespread "hardening of the arteries" from cholesterol or trigyceride disease. This should be aggressively treated with appropriate medication and diet. Existing deposits can be stabilized, and studies have even shown regression in the most severe cases when treated properly. Discontinue tobacco, if used. ...Read more

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At 38 had a widow maker they say only 40% of my heart is working have family history of heart problems high bp and ch am over weight no wind help????

At 38 had a widow maker they say only 40% of my heart is working have family history of heart problems high bp and ch am over weight no wind help????

Need cardiologist!: We need to get you in with a cardiologist ASAP! We can help in a prime visit to get a referral set up. Water, walking and fruits and veggie diet necessary to maximize your quality of life. Work with your cardiologist to tailor your behavior change regimen to your disability level. Best of luck and thanks for reaching out. ...Read more

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I just got 4 stents put into the artery they call the widow maker. What are the odds I have other heart attack. Doctors say I'm ill clear right now?

CAD: If you have enough CAD at age 38 years to require stenting, then you need lifelong attention to your condition. This would include diet, exercise, medications and monitoring your condition. You should certainly have nothing to do with tobacco which can exacerbate CAD. You should have a conversation with your cardiologist to discuss what you need to do for your future. ...Read more

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What is the medical significance of a widow's peak?

There isn't much..: It is just a cosmetic finding. It used to be thought to be an omen of early widowhood. (Old wive's tale) Widow's peaks are seen in a couple of rare genetic syndromes, Donnai-Barrow syndrome, Waardenburg Syndrome and Aarskog syndrome are the ones I can think of. But they have other associated anomalies along with the widow's peak. Really rare. ...Read more

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Think I've been bitten by a false widow. How do I tell?

You might need to: Actually see the spider to know for sure. Here is a great article about the symptoms of a false widow spider bite: http://www. Falsewidowspider. Org. Uk/bites ...Read more

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Brown widow bite, how to treat?

Black widow? Brown: Recluse? Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it has been > 10 years). Also medical care if you develop signs of secondary infection. ...Read more

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What does a black widow spider look like?

What does a black widow spider look like?

Red Hour Glass Belly: Most adult female black widows exhibit the red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen; some may have a pair of red spots or have no marking at all. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a black widow bite?

What are the symptoms of a black widow bite?

Spider bites: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the area of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. ...Read more

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I got bit by a black widow spider, what do I do mpw?

Black widow bite: Treatment for serious reactions to a black widow spider's bite will be beyond the scope of most medical offices and urgent care centers. Pain relief may require the use of narcotics and Antivenin (antitoxin to counteract the effects of the spider venom). ...Read more

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If I did got bit by a black widow, what would happen?

Black widow: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor.
If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. Although death from a bite is not common – it. ...Read more

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How can you tell you got bit by a black widow spider.

How can you tell you got bit by a black widow spider.

Black widow spider: Usually by seeing the spider & experiencing side effects. Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. ...Read more

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I think I was bitten by a black widow. What should I do?

Medical evaluation.: Please seek medical care as you may need a tetanus shot or you could need assistance for complications from the bite. Symptoms can include localized pain, muscle cramps & weakness. In some situations there can be more serious reactions. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to be bitten by a black widow spider"?

Black widow bite: Treatment for serious reactions to a black widow spider's bite will be beyond the scope of most medical offices and urgent care centers. Pain relief may require the use of narcotics and Antivenin (antitoxin to counteract the effects of the spider venom). ...Read more

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Which symptoms will you have when a black widow bites you?

Very variable: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: black widow spider?

Black widow Spider: Http://www. Desertusa. Com/insects/black-widow-spider. Html

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Can I be bitten by black widow spider and not know it and die?

You would feel very: Ill first if you had a lethal bite. Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor.
If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. For. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you get a bite from a black widow?

Black Widow Bite: Local pain may be followed by localized or generalized severe muscle cramps, abdominal pain, weakness, and tremor. Large muscle groups (such as shoulder or back) are often affected, resulting in considerable pain. In severe cases, nausea, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, chest pain, and respiratory difficulties may follow. ...Read more

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I have been bitten by a black widow spider, what should I do now?

See physician: You should see a physician to determine if you need more specific care than simple wound care and tetnus prophylaxis. ...Read more

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I have black widow loose in the room. What should I do, what to do?

I don't know if you: Will like this recommendation. If your pet black widow has escaped from it's container - I recommend vacuuming it up using a vacuum cleaning tool. Yes, it will likely kill the spider but will keep you safe. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens if you get bitten by a black widow spider?

Black widow: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor.
If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. For severe pain a person may be given narcotic. ...Read more

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My husband thinks he may have been bitten by a black widow spider. How can we be sure?

Be seen: Poisonous spider bites generally cause a painful ulcerated area within hours of the bite. If he suspects a black widow or brown recluse spider bite, he should be seen. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out the number of venomous black widow bite cases in the u.S. For a year?

Don't know: "in the United States, compiled black widow spider bite facts show us that between the year 1950 and 1989 there were only 63 reported instances of lethal black widow spider bites." easier to find deaths than number of bites. You can call your state health dept and see if they know for your area. ...Read more

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Can the black widow bite kill me?

Occurs rarely: It is rare for a healthy person to die from a black widow spider bite. An infant, elderly person or someone who already is struggling w a serious illness is more likely to have a poor prognosis. Ou can call the national poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 if you are bitten. Here is an excellent nih article: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002858.Htm. ...Read more

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How did widowed woman find a reason to keep going?

How did widowed woman find a reason to keep going?

Hard time: widowhood: I became a widow over a year-and-a-half ago, too. It is a very rough time, and some moments are just harder than others. Holidays can bring special pain, so plan some new holiday activities this year. It won't be the same, but we know that already. Please find a grief support group, some physical activity that you enjoy, and let yourself walk through these tough days. It gets better bit by bit. ...Read more