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Is it normal to have a heart attack if you are 23 years old?

Is it normal to have a heart attack if you are 23 years old?

No: It is extremely rare for a person in this age group to have a heart attack. One would nearly always expect there to be an underlying problem with severely elevated blood pressure or cholesterol, likely with a strong family history of such problems, or some form of congenital cardiovascular abnormality, if a true heart attack were to occur in a 23 year old. Cocaine use could do it too. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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I am 25 years old. Is it possible to have a heart attack?

I am 25 years old. Is it possible to have a heart attack?

Yes, but very low: In your age it is extremely unlikely. Only if you would have certain forms of abnormal lipids in the blood due to genetic mutation, anatomic abnormalities, severe prinzmetal's angina. ...Read more

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Im 21 years old 5'9 and 260lbs can I have a heart attack ?

Im 21 years old 5'9 and 260lbs can I have a heart attack ?

Overweight: Is a risk. It just means there are more fat and they can deposit in the arteries. That is genetic and environmental and modifiable with diet and exercise. There are other risks to look at, your cholesterol level, yes or no on diabetes, no smoking for you (good), family history of cardiovascular event, hypertension, of course you are a male. Eat healthy, exercise, enjoy life and you will be fine. ...Read more

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I am 21 years old and a male. If i eat jack in the box everyday, can I have a heart attack and die? Like from hamburgers and frys?

I am 21 years old and a male. If i eat jack in the box everyday, can I have a heart attack and die? Like from hamburgers and frys?

Diet: Unlikely at 21 that you are going to have a heart attack from eating poorly but you are cheating yourself of having higher energy and a better sense of self by eating poorly. Also your poor habits will accumulate over time and eventually as you age you can suffer significant consequences. Best. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Can you please describe my risk for a heart attack at 25 years old?

Can you please describe my risk for a heart attack at 25 years old?

Variable: There are rare problems in childrenor young adults. Most after 45 some in young adults with smoking, diabetes, obesity, bad behavior- Cocaine etc. After that anytime up to 100. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to have heart attack at 22 years old?

Can you explain if it's possible to have heart attack at 22 years old?

Yes: There are many reasons why a 22 year old can have a heart attack. Some patients have genetic predispositions to having heart attacks like lipoprotein a or receptor problems so that they do not metabolize lipids properly. Smoking, eating junk food, not maintaining proper weight, not exercising, hi stress jobs, uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, abdominal obesity, using drugs like cocaine. ...Read more

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I'm still young but so it even possible to have heart attack at 22 years old?

I'm still young but so it even possible to have heart attack at 22 years old?

Unlikely: If you don't have already have a history of heart disease, and you aren't taking drugs, a heart attack is very unusual at 22. ...Read more

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Im 37 years old thought perfect health atleast I thought and I had a mild heart attack. Is my life over as I know it. I was prescribed 6 different med?

Im 37 years old thought perfect health atleast I thought and I had a mild heart attack. Is my life over as I know it. I was prescribed 6 different med?

No.: It just means looking after yourself more and visiting a doctor more often. Depending on any blockages, you may need surgery to help get oxygen to the heart. If you smoke, you absolutely must stop. Staying active, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating right are all important. ...Read more

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My Dad had a heart attack when he was 50 years old. I am approaching the age of 40 ... Would you recommend me getting checked sooner than later?

My Dad had a heart attack when he was 50 years old. I am approaching the age of 40 ... Would you recommend me getting checked sooner than later?

Do you: have a primary care physician and get checked on a regular basis? Knowing your family history, your doc should put together a risk profile to determine what sort surveillance or workup might be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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I had 4bypasses.2light heart attack.And just had a difibulator.Now im having trouble breathing.And im only 40 years old.?

I had 4bypasses.2light heart attack.And just had a difibulator.Now im having trouble breathing.And im only 40 years old.?

Need to check heart: Any person with a history of bad heart disease, who now gets breathing symptoms or anything else that could be a heart attack symptom, has to go to his doctor or the E.R. To be checked right away for a heart attack. That means not waiting at home to see if it turns into a bad heart attack. There will be some false alarms, but as the saying goes, "better safe than sorry". ...Read more

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My dad had a huge heart attack at 60 years old. Im 19 years old but does that put me at risk for it happening to me?

My dad had a huge heart attack at 60 years old. Im 19 years old but does that put me at risk for it happening to me?

It depends : Family history at young age is a risk factor for heart attack , but it doesn't mean that you necessary will develop heart attack and it's not clear when it happens... Just try to lower your other risk factors... ...Read more

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My husband, 47 years old, suffered a heart attack 2 years ago. He has 2 stents & now a pacemaker. What are the cons of a pacemaker?

My husband, 47 years old, suffered a heart attack 2 years ago. He has 2 stents & now a pacemaker.  What are the cons of a pacemaker?

Very few: The indications are for slow heart rate which can be dangerous- even lethal. There are risks of implantation, but those are past. Some wire or battery failures over time. Rare perforation, infection, clots. Overall very necessary and very safe. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

What are the main signs of a heart attack in a woman im 47 years old and I have been having some pain in the left side of my neck and upperback

I : I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack. You asked specifically about symptoms in women. The following statistics are from a national institute of health study. 43% of women had no chest pain. 58% were short of breath; 55% had marked weakness; 43% experienced fatigue, with cold sweats in 39% & dizziness in 39%. According to the study preceding their heart attacks women experienced the following symptoms: unusual fatigue - 70%; sleep disturbance - 48%; shortness of breath - 42%; indigestion - 39% and anxiety - 35%. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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I have almost all symptoms of a heart attack except pressure on chest. I am only 20 years old. Should i be worried?

I have almost all symptoms of a heart attack except pressure on chest. I am only 20 years old. Should i be worried?

Likely panic attack: At your age. However, best to check with your doc to be sure. After normal results you will be assured and have better sleep. ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack at 47 years old. What will my cardiologist tell me about my heart? Am I affected by this?

My father had a heart attack at 47 years old. What will my cardiologist tell me about my heart? Am I affected by this?

Testing...: Knowing this family history, your cardiologist will likely want to do testing on your heart to determine if you are at risk. Some possible tests would include an echocardiogram, cardiac stress test, Holter monitor, etc. These are non-invasive tests that can give a good picture of your heart and its function. Cardiac catheterization is invasive but may be needed if other tests are abnormal. See doc ...Read more

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What to do if I had a major heart attack and I am 44 years old I have to have a pace maker and a defibrillator put in?

What to do if I had a major heart attack and I am 44 years old I have to have a pace maker and a defibrillator put in?

MI, ICD: With your combination of problems, you should have received instruction about your status and diet, exercise, not smoking, lots of medications and how to maximize your chances of length and quality of life. Look at this site and read as much as possible: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/coronaryarterydisease.html ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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