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Is it possible to have a heart attack in teen age ?

Is it possible to have a heart attack in your teenage years? Im 18, and 5 minutes ago it felt like knifes stabbing me in the chest . I almost passed out. im just a teeny bit overweight , say 6-3 220, but I dont see that as being a major problem.
Wed, 14 Sep 2011
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Hi monica,
Teenage persons ca have heart problem or heart attach but etiology varies in case children and young persons it is congenital heart disease, rythm disturbances, infection are few major causes but in adults Ischemic heart disease is major cause. I f have only one episode of pain it may be musle spasm, but if you have constant stabing pain it indicates pericardial pathology like pericarditis and require detail evaluation by cardiologist.
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