Question: Is a young person who has a heart attack more likely to die from this disease than if it were an older person? Erwin (Bolivia).
Answer: The early appearance of coronary heart disease is considered an important risk factor for having a new coronary event as well as a risk factor for the offspring, since it is probable that there is a genetic predisposition to suffer from said disease (family history of early ischemic heart disease is considered a coronary risk factor). If a person has had a coronary event at an early age, he must take extreme measures to prevent and control risk factors. Considering that life expectancy is higher in a young person, it is more likely that he will develop a heart problem again than in a person who appears to be older.