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Is it possible to get a heart attack at the age of 15?

Hi...I m 15 years old but this is not about me I have a friend who is also 15 and well he just told me and my other friends that he has had a few (more than 1) heart attacks till now. the situations he has described were those when he was under some great stress(like him breaking up with his girlfriend). He has been to the doctor and he has told him that he might die if he has two-three more attacks. But the problem is that this friend of mine is a huge attention seeker and i fear he just might be doing this to get the sympathy of others. So my question is can a teenager have heart attacks like this due to panic or is he just making this story up?
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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Rest assured that your friend is just looking for attention. Heart attacks in teens are very rare, an then usually occurring in those who have heart disease,such as congenital heart failure. Also some teens have heart attacks that are drug induced, more common with cocaine abuse. I guarantee you no Doctor would ever say, "You might die if you have 2-3 more heart attacks." Call your friends bluff and tell him to start acting like a man.
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