Women who survive deadly 'widow maker' heart attack hope to alert others

Australian woman living life to the full despite extreme congenital heart disease that will prevent her from having more children

Women who survive deadly ‘widow maker’ heart attack hope to alert others

The Australian who underwent a risky procedure to stop her heart from killing her after suffering a “widow maker” heart attack is now determined to raise awareness of the potentially lethal condition.

Physician Adrianne Morrison has spent the past two years living her life to the full, riding motorbikes and boating, despite being prescribed the drug beta blockers to control her heart attack.

“I’m not handicapped, I’m just taking medications and I’m going about my business,” she told Seven News on Wednesday.

Morrison had survived her heart attack when she was 54. But doctors were unable to stop her from dying after her heart stopped while she was eating at home.

The timing was so off, Morrison says, that a technician had difficulty untangling the medication in her food.

“So that’s when the whole shit hit the fan,” she said.

Her situation was called a “widow maker heart attack” due to her unlucky end.

“It was ridiculous,” Morrison says. “You’ve just got to keep going, you’ve just got to keep going.”

Morrison went on the course this April where doctors at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre took out the electrical connection in her heart, which is known as an AVL rupture, just in time to save her life.

“I was shocked, I was happy, I was excited, I was amazed,” she said of the procedure.

Morrison is encouraging others suffering from AVL to take the course, and ensuring that doctors are reminded the condition is very real and potentially fatal.

“It’s never too late, as long as you don’t reach a point where you can’t take it anymore,” she said.

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