A 40-year-old member asked:
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is it possible for a child/teen to have a heart attack?

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Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim answered
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Generally no: Children are at very low risk for heart disease and heart attacks. But if they have congenital heart disease, they are at risk for other illness related to the heart, such as heart failure.
Answered on Mar 27, 2018
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Dr. Laura Webb
12 years experience Pediatrics
Drug use: I agree with dr. Kim- it is rare for children to have heart attacks. Cocaine and some other drugs that affect your vasculature may cause heart attacks in children who use them. Just another reason to say no to drugs!
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Michio Abe
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Rare but possible: Acute myocardial infarction is rare in childhood and adolescence. Children and teens can have a heart attack due to either an inflammatory condition of the coronary arteries or an anomalous origin of the left coronary artery. thrombotic coronary artery occlusion from kawasaki disease may occur in early childhood.
Answered on Mar 27, 2018

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Heart attack child: It is possible, but is very very rare. Causes are different than for adults, ie. Not atherosclerosis.
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Please rephrase: Or clarify your question. Quit smoking and continue your medications as ordered
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Usually...: ...It's the other way around (such as with kawasaki disease), but yes, it's possible.

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