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Had sharp chest pain and it went to stomach. Could this be a heart attack?

Can you have a heart attack at 16-17? or Heart disease? I remember in thr begining of my junior year which was september 2005...when I breathed I had this sharp chest pain, that went from my chest to stomach, I felt as if I was dying, I got so pale, I had circles around my eyes, I couldn t even stand up I felt like I was getting a heart attack...i was sitting in the nurse s office for 1 hour and a half or 2 hrsfeeling so much pressure, I had to be sent from the nurse to the principle s office, I couldn t even stand up, I felt like I was dying while walking there, I had to walk all limpy and I wanted to cry... they wanted to call 911 but I said no I ll be OK, I didn t want my parents to get scared. Well that wasn t the first time that it happened, but that was the worst. I didn t get it anymore but I do get sharp pains that last around 2 minutes..I just would like to know what the hell was it? I know you would tell me to go to the doctor, but they don t say much, and my mother just won t understand...and I m too scared...What the hell was it I HAVE 210 cholesteral, and I m 115 pounds...slim/slender
Tue, 5 Jul 2011
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Yes, you can have a variety of different heart defects when you're a kid -- most of them congenital (i.e. you were born with them). If you are overweight/obese, you could also have the beginnings of heart disease. However, what you're describing could be caused by a variety of things, and you REALLY need to talk to your parents and see a doctor as soon as possible. Your parents are tougher than you think they are -- don't risk your life just because you don't want to upset your mother. I can tell you, she'd MUCH rather worry than grieve. Please don't wait any longer to see a professional about this.
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My brother who was 16 at the time (5'8, 120 pounds) had a major heart-attack. My brother for an entire week prior to the heart-attack wasn't feeling well. He still was hanging out with his friends and acting like a goofball. Saturday night or early Sunday morning he woke up both of our parents saying that his left arm went numb and his heart hurt. He demanded our mother to take him to the E.R. She did and he was drug tested and his test came out negative. This means he was clean. This shocked the doctors, they rushed him to Chicago Children's hospital. They treated him for a major heart-attack.
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yes it's harder then if your 50 but if you eat a bad diet it's possible
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