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Diagnosed widowmaker. Heriditary?

Hello, I went to my regular family physician after I had a large blood workup done and he sat me down and told me I had The Widow Maker....needless to say I was aghast and wondered how that happened. I was prescribed Niaspan and close monitoring. Is this affliction hereditary? If I recall, he did say it was genetic. Do my girls need to get tested for this as well?
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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A widow maker is a nickname used to describe a highly stenotic left main coronary artery or proximal left anterior descending coronary artery of the heart.
i m not able to understand how your doctor told you just by blood work up.
this diagnosis is confirmed by coronary angiography.
niaspan drug is given for high triglyceride and cholesterol . very high levels indicate genetic cause.
you should go for lipid profile for your children if your values are very high.
Answered: Sun, 12 May 2013
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