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why is it not possible for you to have a heart attack at a young age? aren't the risks just as high if you were between 10-30 years old and obese?

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Dr. Darrell Herrington
34 years experience Family Medicine
It's aging: Heart attacks are usually caused by fracture of a cholesterol deposit in an artery, causing a balloon clot to form which obstructs the artery. Consequently, all tissue downstream from the obstruction dies, and that portion of the heart muscle no longer contributes to the contracting and pumping action of the heart. This pathology takes several years to develop. High lipids and tobacco accelerates.
Answered on Sep 7, 2020
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Dr. Michael Depietro
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
It is possible: Its possible to have a heart attack, when young but the risks are lower. Heart attacks occur when a blood clot forms over an area of the heart artery that is damaged by atherosclerotic plaque formation. A buildup of fat, inflammatory cells etc in an artery wall. This takes time ( years) to occur. There are many risk factors that promote this damage, obsesity, diabetes, smoking.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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