Can a very young person get heart attack?
Occasionally a young person can get a heart attack (sudden blockage of blood supply to a region of the heart) due to early initiation of heavy smoking. More likely heart attack in the young are due to familial disorders causing very high cholesterol and birth defects (congenital anomalies) in coronary arteries (blood vessels supplying oxygenated blood to the heart). Familial homozygous hypercholesterolemia produces very high cholesterol levels of the order of 1000 milligrams / decilitre and are very difficult to control. They have multiple tendon xanthomas (fat deposits under the skin over the muscle sinews). Very rarely heart attack in the young can be following Kawasaki’s disease. Kawasaki’s disease causes aneurysms (localized enlargements) in the coronary arteries which can lead to blood clots in them and heart attack.