Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
156 Doctors are Online

Can a 1 year old have a heart attack or a stroke ?

can a 1 year old have a heart attack? or a stroke? my niece has a rare disease and she has spent more time in da hospital than at home since da day she was born = [[
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
  User's Response
Yes. Of course. But the causes of heart disease in young children are usually different from the causes of heart disease in adults. For example, a good portion (but not all) of heart attacks in adults are related to lifestyle factors (diet, obesity, smoking, etc.). In children, a heart attack may be caused by a combination of things, such as a genetic blood clotting disorder, a faulty heart valve leading to an increased risk of blood clots, and/or spasms of the arteries. Surgery in a young infant can also increase the risk for strokes. So can certain medications and diseases. Artery spasms are a relatively uncommon cause of heart attack, but they do happen. The exact cause is unknown, and anyone of any age or health status can be affected. So to answer your question, anyone can have a heart attack or stroke, including a baby. That said, the causes are typically different in infants that adults. The baby is question's illness may very well increase her risk of serious medical problems. It's important to make sure she is under the care of a specialist who can care for her properly should anything go wrong.
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor