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how rare is a HEART ATTACK in youngsters, not cardiac arrest

i always hear about cardiac arrest in the young and athletes but very very rarely about heart attacks.
not electrical problems but plumbing problems.
is it an older persons health problem?
do youngsters get blocked clogged arteries?
by young i mean under 25
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1124887 tn?1313758491
Yes, it is very uncommon at younger age. Clogged arteries don't just occur, they are the result of decades of high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol. Anyone can, of course, accidently have a heart attack, but the chance in a young healthy man is about the same as getting hit by an object from space.

I would probably worry about 2.000 other things before I would worry about a heart attack at your age and with your healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise.
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LOL! i thought so. very very rarely have i heard of a youngster having a genuine heart attack, as opposed to dumb reporters not knowing the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack. that would be mad though wouldnt it? a 25 year old having a blocked artery.
1807132 tn?1318747197
I do think very often the media mixes up heart attack with cardiac arrest.  I didn't know they were different issues until I started to have heart problems myself.  Thought the terms were interchangeable though you would think the media would take the time to learn the difference.  Goes to show you can't believe everything you hear on TV.
10894761 tn?1413641484
One example of a young guy who had a healthy lifestyle and died from a heart attack is Andy Irons (the surfer).  He used some drugs but the main cause of his death was atherosclerosis. He was 32. But that is very very very rare.
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It is indeed a pretty rare occurrence, but not one that is non-existent.  A combination of lifestyle, genetics, and sheer "luck" can lead someone to have a heart attack.  However, I do believe people greatly underestimated the age range people can have a heart attack.  Many seem to think it happens around 60-70, when in fact people should start worrying about it in their 40s.  Sigh.
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It is indeed a pretty rare occurrence, but not one that is non-existent.  A combination of lifestyle, genetics, and sheer "luck" can lead someone to have a heart attack.  However, I do believe people greatly underestimated the age range people can have a heart attack.  Many seem to think it happens around 60-70, when in fact people should start worrying about it in their 40s.  Sigh.
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