Can Kids Get A Heart Attack?

How painful is a heart attack?

Most heart attacks involve pain or discomfort in the center or left-center of your chest.

This pain can range from mild to severe.

The pain may feel like tightness, fullness, heavy pressure, crushing, or squeezing.

It can also feel like heartburn or indigestion..

Is chest pain normal for a child?

Kids can get chest pain too — even sudden, sharp pain that takes their breath away. While it may be scary, brief episodes of chest pain usually aren’t caused by the heart or lungs, says pediatric cardiologist Kenneth Zahka, MD.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack in a child?

Common symptoms include:blue colour around the lips and blue skin (cyanosis)difficulty feeding (especially becoming sweaty during feeds)shortness of breath.poor growth.pale skin.fatigue.

What is the youngest age for a heart attack?

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Can an 8 year old have a heart attack?

According to Dr. Paul Matherne, division head of the pediatric cardiology division at UVA, heart attacks in children are possible, but they’re extremely rare.

Why would a child have a heart attack?

Heart attack occurs when there is an insufficient amount of blood delivering oxygen to the heart and part or all of the heart muscle begins to die. This could be due to blockages in the arteries, heart disease, or structural abnormalities of the heart muscle or the arteries.

Why does my 7 year old have chest pain?

Most kids will complain of chest pain sometime between age 7 and their teenage years, but thankfully, it will be caused by an underlying heart condition in less than 1% of them. More frequently it is related to a viral illness, stress, or most commonly, musculoskeletal pain.

What heart problems are hereditary?

Many cardiac disorders can be inherited, including arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and high blood cholesterol. Coronary artery disease leading to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure can run in families, indicating inherited genetic risk factors.

When should I take my child to the ER for chest pain?

The pain is severe, especially if it has the classic findings of heart pain (crushing pain, under the breastbone, moving to the left arm or up the jaw).The pain is associated with difficulty breathing.The pain has is associated with other symptoms (fever, nausea/vomiting for example).

How do you explain heart disease to a child?

“Say ‘we have cardiovascular disease in our family,’ and explain what that is. And really point out the fact that we can prevent these problems,” Dr. Johnson advises. “Talk to children about healthy eating and exercising.”

Can you survive a heart attack without medical attention?

No, there is not a fast way to stop a heart attack without seeking emergency medical treatment at a hospital. Online you’ll find many “fast” heart attack treatments. However, these “fast” treatments are not effective and could be dangerous by delaying emergency medical treatment.

What does a mini heart attack feel like?

SMI warning signs It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain. Discomfort in other upper-body areas, such as one or both arms, the back, the neck, the jaw, or the stomach. Shortness of breath before or during chest discomfort. Breaking out in a cold sweat, or feeling nauseated or lightheaded.

Can a 7 year old have a heart attack?

So, yes, kids and teens can get heart disease and have heart attacks, although it’s very rare and often a result of congenital heart defects.