Why Does My Son Say His Heart Hurts?

When should I be concerned about my childs chest pain?

Your child’s chest pain may be related to the heart if it’s accompanied by pain that radiates to the neck, shoulder, arm, or back.

It may also be associated with the heart if your child experiences dizziness or fainting, a changing pulse or blood pressure, or has had a diagnosis of a previous cardiac condition..

Is it normal for a child to have chest pain?

Kids can get chest pain too — even sudden, sharp pain that takes their breath away. While it may be scary, brief episodes of chest pain usually aren’t caused by the heart or lungs, says pediatric cardiologist Kenneth Zahka, MD.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack in a child?

Common symptoms include:blue colour around the lips and blue skin (cyanosis)difficulty feeding (especially becoming sweaty during feeds)shortness of breath.poor growth.pale skin.fatigue.

How do I know if my chest pain is serious?

Chest pain is frightening and must be taken seriously. So know this: If you are having severe discomfort in the chest—especially if the chest pain is radiating to your neck, jaw or arms—and it’s accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness and sweating, call 911 immediately.

At what age does heart disease start?

In the U.S., the average age for a first heart attack in men is 65. That’s why coronary artery disease is labeled a disease of senior citizens. But as many as 4% to 10% of all heart attacks occur before age 45, and most of these strike men.

What causes teenage chest pains?

A leading cause of chest wall pain in teens is costochondritis – inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the sternum, causing sharp chest pain which worsens with a deep breath. Costochondritis usually has no apparent cause and can last for several weeks or longer.

Why do I feel pain around my heart?

Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood. It may feel like pressure or squeezing in your chest. The discomfort also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back. Angina pain may even feel like indigestion.

Can kids get heart attacks?

So, yes, kids and teens can get heart disease and have heart attacks, although it’s very rare and often a result of congenital heart defects. Still, young people in otherwise good health can start on the road to poor heart health without proper guidance.

Can Growing Pains be in the chest?

Probably the most common forms of chest pain in kids are related to some irritation in the chest wall or the musculoskeletal system. People will use the term growing pains and I think this usually represents costochondritis or inflammation of the joints between the ribs and the breastbone.

Are chest pains normal?

Certainly chest pain is not something to ignore. But you should know that it has many possible causes. In fact, as much as a quarter of the U.S. population experiences chest pain that is not related to the heart. Chest pain may also be caused by problems in your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, or nerves, for example.