6th December 2019

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What is the left anterior descending coronary artery?

The left main coronary artery supplies blood to the left side of the heart muscle (the left ventricle and left atrium). The left main coronary artery divides into branches: The left anterior descending artery branches off the left coronary artery and supplies blood to the front of the left side of the heart.

Also asked, which blocked artery is called the Widowmaker?

When the main artery down the front of the heart (LAD) is totally blocked or has a critical blockage, right at the beginning of the vessel, it is known as the Widow Maker. (The medical term for this is a proximal LAD lesion).

What are the signs of the Widow Maker?

But according to the American Heart Association, women may also experience what are called “atypical" symptoms, including:
  • Back, jaw, lower chest, or upper belly pain or discomfort.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Fatigue.
  • Dizziness.
  • Lightheadedness.

What is the Widowmaker vein?

The “widowmaker” is an expression describing the complete closure of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. The LAD is an essential coronary artery and its occlusion can result in immediate death, hence the name.
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