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Is there many cases where kids/teenagers get coronary atherosclerosis?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree
In brief: No
Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of the heart) rather than symptomatic coronary atherosclerosis.
However, early athersclerotic changes have been observed in arteries of some children. This is especially true for children at risk with obesity, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels.

In brief: No
Adolescents/children are more likely to have congenital heart malformations such as a patent foremen ovale (hole between the right and left side of the heart) rather than symptomatic coronary atherosclerosis.
However, early athersclerotic changes have been observed in arteries of some children. This is especially true for children at risk with obesity, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol levels.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Onset Age 7
Atherosclerosis has been known, for over 7 decades, from autopsy data, to typically begin in later childhood, age 7 y/o typical, earlier with obesity and/or diabetes, yet remains asymptomatic for decades.
Arteries enlarge, not shrink. Though ivus commonly detects in teenagers, plaque rupture & clots produce narrowing, typically decades later. Thus symptomatic atherosclerosis in teenagers is rare.

In brief: Onset Age 7
Atherosclerosis has been known, for over 7 decades, from autopsy data, to typically begin in later childhood, age 7 y/o typical, earlier with obesity and/or diabetes, yet remains asymptomatic for decades.
Arteries enlarge, not shrink. Though ivus commonly detects in teenagers, plaque rupture & clots produce narrowing, typically decades later. Thus symptomatic atherosclerosis in teenagers is rare.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Rare
There are rare genetic anomalies called progeria (see http://www.
Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002622/) and werner's syndrome (no relation to me). (see http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/werner-syndrome) but both of these are very rare. Classic studies in the 50s showed 19 year olds killed in korea had early signs of arteriosclerosis - so we know that the disease begins early in life.

In brief: Rare
There are rare genetic anomalies called progeria (see http://www.
Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002622/) and werner's syndrome (no relation to me). (see http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/werner-syndrome) but both of these are very rare. Classic studies in the 50s showed 19 year olds killed in korea had early signs of arteriosclerosis - so we know that the disease begins early in life.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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