Can a teen have a heart attack?

Heart attack. Its rare but can happen if they have underlying pathology that can lead to very premature heart disease.
Yes, but very rarely. Heart attacks are caused by cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries becoming inflamed with a blood clot forming, blocking the flow of blood. Very, very rarely there can be genetic abnormalities with exceedingly high cholesterol levels at an early age or congenital birth abnormalities such as having 1 instead of the normal 3 arteries that can lead to very early heart attacks.

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Is it possible for a child/teen to have a heart attack?

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.
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!
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.

Is it possible for a child or a teen to have a heart attack?

Heart attack child. It is possible, but is very very rare. Causes are different than for adults, ie. Not atherosclerosis.
Child heart attack. It is exceptionally rare for a child or teen to have a heart attack. Having said that, it is not impossible to have sudden cardiac death. Unlike a lack of blood flow, this problem is usually sue to a geneitc disorder known as ihss (idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis). It creates an obstruction to flow across the aortic valve. This is the kid who drops dead on the basketball court.

Can bulimia cause you to have a heart attack if you're a teen?

Depends. Very changed eating habits can significantly alter your electrolyte balance. This may, indeed, lead to cardiac complications.
Not usually. Not unless you have a predisposition to heart disease but it all depends on how bulimic you are and how far you stretch the biological necessities of survival.

What could cause a heart attack in a pre-teen child?

Several disorders. Kawasaki's disease and coronary vasospasm should be considered. Children with a hypercoagulable disorder and an intracardiac shunt (such as an atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale) should be considered. Lastly, congenital heart defects that affect the coronary arteries may cause an early heart attack.
Several things. When you say "heart attack' you probably mean what can make a pre-teen's heart stop. Three things account for over 90% of cases: a.) abnormal coronary arteries b.) an abnormally thickened heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) c.) arrhythmias (heart rhythm abnormalities). Other things can also be responsible but not as common. Consult your doctor!

Whats the cause of chest pains in teens? Is this a sign your going to get a heart attack as a teen or not?

Could be normal. Chest pains in teens can be normal due to physical activity, a heart problem, a GI problem etc. There are so many variables it's important to see you family physician to receive a physical exam. Don't delay.

What is heart attack?

It is a layman's. term for Myocardial Infarction. It is caused by a blockage of a coronary artery resulting in injury to the cardiac muscle distal to the obstruction. It is also a slang term to imply a surprising event. "Her purple hair gave me a heart attack! "
Damage to heart. Caused by clogged coronary vessel. Symptoms of chest pain pressure. With radiation of pain down the left arm usually and or neck, jaw and or back pain (refereed pain) Need to get to nearest hospital with international facility. For emergent angioplasty. Take aspirin call 911 rescue they will get patient to the nearest hospital with appropriate facility.

Define a heart attack?

See below. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of your heart is blocked for a long enough time that part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies. The medical term for this is myocardial infarction.
Correctly. Means some heart muscle death identified by ekg, cellular enzyme release, or autopsy findings. Myocardium is heart muscle infarction is ischemic death.

Heart attack sysmtoms?

Heart Attack in Male. These symptoms are for a man. Women having heart attacks present with different symptoms sometimes. But, chest pain is key. Associated with this is numbness, tingling sensations into the left arm and teeth. There is often full body sweating and nausea. If you are not having several symptoms and the pain is increasing please call 911 or get to an urgent care center.
Chest pain, SOB, and. Typical heart-attack symptoms: relatively rapid onset of deep sternal chest pain (can radiate to neck/arm/back), short of breath, sweating etc. Worse with exertion. If you are young and having pain for more than a couple of days, without relation to physical activities. Your symptoms could be from inflammation in the joints between breastbone and ribs (costochndritis). Consult doc. Good luck.
You can have a. Heart attack without a symptom especially with diabetes, but typically chest and/or left arm pain, sweating, weakness, fainting.

Symptons heart attack?

Many possibilities. Sudden onset of mid to left central chest pain / pressure or discomfort. Sometimes radiation to l arm or neck/jaw. Sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, sense of impending loss of consciousness. Sometimes rapid pulse, sometimes slow pulse and sometimes irregular pulse. These symptoms should prompt visit to 911/ed.
Chest pain. Anterior sub sternal crushing pain worst ever with radiation to neck (angina) and frequently left arm occasionally to the upper abdomen and back however, it is quite variable.
Chest Pain. The following are suspicious for a heart attack; tight, dull, or heavy pain lasting longer than 15 minutes in the chest (retrosternal or left chest); and/or arms, back or jaw associated with nausea and vomiting, marked sweating, breathlessness.