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A 22-year-old male asked:

Could a poor diet(a lot of sweets and chocolate) lead to blocked arteries at 22? i have sharp, gas like pains in my upper left chest/left side.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Unlikely: Coronary artery disease would be extremely unlikely at your age. Chest discomfort due to coronary blockage is brought on by exertion and relieved by rest. I would look at other causes such as muscular pain, pinched nerve in rib cage, etc. Train yourself to eat a healthy diet and never smoke.
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Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cardiovascular disease in the young usually is related to genetics or drug use/abuse. If concerned, please see a primary care provider for discussion and evaluation.
Feb 26, 2014
Last updated May 16, 2019


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