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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

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