29 Mar 2022 12:08:PM
Other reasons for a heart attack would include a structural abnormality of the heart or arteries that a child would be born with. (Photo credit: Wikimedia)
A 16-year-old girl student who was appearing for Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam on Monday died after she suffered a heart attack at the exam centre in the T Narsipur taluk in Mysuru district, Karnataka. The student has been identified as Anushri, a resident of Akkoru village. According to the reports, Anushri collapsed and was rushed to a local hospital where she breathed her last after failing to respond to treatment.
Dr Nitin Sehgal, a Pediatric Cardiologist at Wockhardt hospital, Mumbai told News9 that heart attacks in children can occur in rare circumstances where there is a genetic predisposition or exceptionally high cholesterol. “In this case, a child who may or may not be overweight can suffer from arterial blockages similar to those which cause a heart attack in adults with hypercholesterolemia. In these cases, a family history of severe high cholesterol is the best indicator that a child might be at risk for this kind of problem,” Dr Sehgal explained.
Other reasons for a heart attack can include a structural abnormality of the heart or arteries that a child can be born with. Unfortunately, for these issues, the first symptom that presents can often be a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Another reason that children might suffer from a heart attack is as a complication from Kawosaki Syndrome, a relatively common illness in infants and children that results in an inflammation of the arteries. “Fortunately, this syndrome is very treatable these days, once diagnosed, will usually not escalate to the point of a heart attack,” Dr Sehgal said.
“Parents need to take their children for regular health check-ups. If your child suffers from chest pain, especially during exercise, or faints during exercise, this is something that should be checked out by a medical professional as it could be a sign of a heart condition,” Dr Sehgal explained.
“Knowing family history and being aware about any genetic predispositions towards heart conditions is something that each parent must know. This can save a child’s life. Also, when a heart attack occurs, it is essential to give the child basic life support in the form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or defibrillation if it is available. Give this soon as possible until advanced life support from medical professionals arrives,” Dr Sehgal said in conclusion.
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