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What Age Can You Have A Heart Attack
Yes but unlikely.: Heart attacks almost always occur in middle age or older individuals. There are some exceptions when it can occur earlier. Certain congential disease of cholesterol, radiation treatment to the chest which injures the heart, certain drugs like Cocaine all can cause damage which results in heart attacks. The vast number ocurr in people at least 40 yr old and usually not till 50's or later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Birth: Unusual but possible due to congenital anomaly. ...Read more
Any, technically: Both heart attacks and strokes can occur at any age, from many different causes. Both involve disrupting the blood flow to the heart muscle and brain tissue, which can be caused by things like blood clots, medications/drugs, spasm of blood vessels or even air in the bloodstream. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Near zero: Unless you have an autoimmune disease like lupus, take Cocaine or methamphetamines, or have terrible genetic predisposition to atherosclerosis, it is nigh on impossible to have a heart attack @ 21. Since you've survived to 29, hopefully someone has worked out why or how you did have one 8 years ago, or it was just a panic attack(which is a serious disease in its own right, but is less often fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dad died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. Does this mean i will have a heart attack? I'm a female age 35
No it doesn't: While genetics can play a role in heart disease (for good or bad) this can be offset by lifestyle. We know much more about living a healthy lifestyle than our parents generation. Have a full physical with your M.D. Discuss your concerns and plot out a course that will keep you in good health well past 55. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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