Teenagers frequently experience chest pain. Rarely, though, is the symptom related to the heart. Nevertheless, such complaints should be brought to the attention of your pediatrician, who will diagnose the problem through process of elimination.
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States and most industrialized countries. The chief risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a high blood level of cholesterol, physical inactivity, and overweight. If members of your family have had heart disease at an early age, your child may be at risk for early-onset heart disease.
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