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How do people in their 20's get heart attacks?

How do people in their 20's get heart attacks?

It is rare: Heart attacks in 20 y/o is very rare. In patients with a certain type of inherited disease of high cholesterol can have heart attacks even as children. Other causes include radiation damage to the heart from ration treatment for cancer, Cocaine use, and a paradoxical embolus (a clot from a vein in the leg which passes thru a small hole in the heart). All of these are very rare. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Why sometimes people under 20 get heart attacks?

Extremely rare: It's extremely rare but some people under 20 use cocaine, have diabetes, are born with coronary anomalies, thrombophilia (hypercoagulable state) or get vasculitis or coronary spasm. ...Read more

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Do women get heart attacks at younger ages than men?

Do women get heart attacks at younger ages than men?

Less than men: Less than men when young but they catch up after menopause. Also, heart attacks are missed more in women because they may have more atypical symptoms or more stoic personalties than men. ...Read more

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How is it that a lot of young people get heart attacks?

How is it that a lot of young people get heart attacks?

Cocaine?: That'd be my answer. We're a less and less healthy society all the time, and certain birth conditions can lead to early heart attack, but by and large, most heart attacks i see under the age of 40 are due to things people do to themselves. Cocaine, high dose steroids, etc... ...Read more

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How to get disability after a heart attack?

How to get disability after a heart attack?

Talk to your doctor: Please talk to you cardiologist or primary care doctor, who will be better able to guide you in your particular case. However, a heart attack may or may not qualify you for disability. It will depend on the severity. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a heart attack?

Variable: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular sudden death, . ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a heart attack?

What are the signs when you get a heart attack?

Variable: Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular sudden death, . ...Read more