Children can also have heart attacks. Symptoms and signs that something is wrong with your child’s heart (the heart is an organ that silently falls ill).
Although the incident took place near a McDonald’s, the fast food chain had nothing to do with the incident.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Maleek Lawl, a boy of only 9 years old, would have collapsed in front of his mother after having gone on his visit every Friday to this fast food restaurant.
According to what the media reported, the event took place in Dublin, Ireland.
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Apparently the boy had an active life and belonged to a soccer team, which announced that it would suspend practice this week, due to the incident and to show its support for the boy’s family.
Mallek received immediate medical help, but the efforts of paramedics and firefighters were in vain, as reported by the Daily Mail.
How does the heart work
According to the American Heart Association, to explain in a simple way the functioning of the most vital organ in the body, we can compare it to a pump that has the function of pumping oxygenated blood throughout the body. If this blood does not cover the cells of every organ in the human body, complications and even death occur.
Can children have heart attacks?
If the answer is yes.
Do they have to have any disease to suffer from a heart attack?
According to the AHA, one of the major causes that children suffer from heart attacks is what is known as Heart Failure.
There are two main types of causes for heart failure
1. Insufficiency due to hypercirculation:
One percent of babies are born with a heart formation problem (but the problem is not detected in all cases). The most common problem is what is known as a ‘murmur’, which is the presence of a small hole between the heart’s ventricles that causes oxygenated blood to mix with blood that does not yet have oxygen.
The same problem can occur if there are malformations or defects in the heart valves.
2. Insufficiency to pump
Children can develop this insufficiency to the same extent as adults. Usually this is the consequence of a virus or infection that has damaged the normal function of the heart’s muscle tissues.
Heart failure can affect any child
Although this is true, it is important to know as parents that these conditions can be treated and some definitively corrected with surgery.
What are the symptoms in children
According to the Stanford Children’s Hospital, the most common symptoms that something is wrong with a child’s heart are:
Swelling of the legs, ankles, eyelids, face, and (occasionally) the stomach.
Abnormal or rapid breathing
Shortness of breath
Falling asleep while eating or being too tired to eat
Lack of appetite
Gain weight in a short period of time, even when you eat almost nothing
Cough and pulmonary cogestion
Sweating when eating, playing, or exercising
Difficulty breathing while eating, talking, or walking
Loss of muscle mass
Difficulty gaining weight
Changes in your skin temperature
How is a heart problem diagnosed?
It is important that in the presence of all or some of these symptoms, parents go to their children’s pediatrician to make sure they are receiving the care they need.
It is crucial to know this information so that you do not ignore the presence of signs that something may be wrong with your children’s health.