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Widow maker explanation after shocking “This is Us” episode

February 14 , 2018

For “This is Us” fans, the television series’ post-Super Bowl episode was a gut-wrencher.

SPOILER ALERT for anyone who has not seen the episode yet.

Main character Jack Pearson dies of a heart attack described by the character’s wife as a “widow maker.” According to Time.com, online searches for the phrase spiked more than 5,000 percent in the hours after the episode aired. While the story line in “This is Us” is fiction, it generated opportunity to raise awareness about the real dangers of heart attacks. WAFF 48 spoke with Huntsville Hospital interventional cardiologist Michael Butler, MD to explain what a widow maker is and why everyone should take heart health seriously. Click to watch the interview now.