What Causes Chest Pain in Teens?
When children have chest pain, it’s usually not a warning sign for a heart attack (as it would be for an adult). It’s typically because of muscle pain, breathing issues (asthma or pneumonia), acid reflux or even anxiety. A panic attack can feel like a heart attack.
If your teen is complaining of chest pain, talk to your pediatrician. However, if your child is experiencing severe pain, especially with a fever, fast heart rate and/or shortness of breath, call 911.
It is possible that chest pain is a sign of an irregular heart rhythm, or arrhythmia. A far more common symptom, however, is fainting — called syncope.
There are many causes for syncope that are unrelated to heart issues. Still, if your child has a fainting spell, talk to your doctor. Syncope with exercise is a particularly troubling symptom. You should tell your child’s doctor about this immediately.