If you have noticed that your teenager complains of chest pain, constantly, then it is possible that he is suffering from cardiovascular disease. And what else can make a parent’s heart skip a beat than when their child tells them they have chest pains?
However, these types of pain can also hide other things or conditions and are not the cause of only cardiovascular disease. For this reason, it is best to consult a cardiologist which will confirm whether you should worry or not.
Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart and blood vessels and are mostly considered to be diseases of the elderly. Despite this, they are quite common among children, teenagers or young adults, which means they can occur at any age.
Most of the time, young people, especially teenagers, do not realize that they are prone to such risks and do not take measures to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
The best way to prevent them is to be informed about what they mean and what their symptoms are, so you can detect them in time.
Ideally, teenagers and young adults too should have routine check-ups periodically to make sure everything is fine with their health. In most cases, prevention is less expensive than treatment and certainly less painful.
Obesity and overweight are some of the most common causes that can produce heart disease, especially among teenagers, but also the consumption of fast food, alcohol, tobacco or an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
Stress is also a factor that contributes to the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases, but also a disordered lifestyle, such as insufficient sleep or lack of physical activities.
When we talk about children or adolescents, some of the most common conditions are congenital, such as atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, tetralogy of Fallot, etc.) and the signs of these conditions are very little obvious.
If, usually in adults, pain in the chest area rather indicates a cardiovascular disease, among children or teenagers the causes can be various.
Symptoms of heart disease in children and adolescents
To detect a possible heart disease in your child, before going to the doctor, notice if he has any of the following symptoms:
– A bluish tint to the skin, especially around the mouth (cyanosis), especially when it exerts itself during running, crying, coughing or sucking, in infants;
– Difficult breathing;
– Cold sweats;
– Edema of the limbs;
– Delay in growth and development;
– Chest pain lasts more than 3-5 days and is repeated;
To avoid any suspicion, the best method is to take your child to periodic routine check-ups, because myocardial infarction can occur even at the age of 20, if it is not detected in time.