Is Jaw Pain a Warning Sign of a Heart Attack?

Pain in the jaw and toothache may constitute a symptom of heart attack, especially among women – suggests a study by Swedish scientists at Umea University. When there is no symptom as chest pain, the mentioned pain may be the only symptom of a heart attack or Angina Pectoris. The real cause of pain is often detected when it is too late, it warns the Swedish team.
The research is published after examining the 186 patients experiencing a heart attack or an attack of angina pectoris. During the researches they should show where the pain felt, on a body map. Nearly 40% of respondents, mostly women, demonstrated the jaw.
It has been proven that facial pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack when is not present the symptom of chest pain. This pain is equal on both sides of the face and increases in physical action.
For those who didn`t hear about Angina Pectoris:
Angina is a term used for chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease. Angina is typically described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest.
Angina, also called angina pectoris, can be a recurring problem or a sudden, acute health concern.

Is Jaw Pain a Warning Sign of a Heart Attack
Symptoms associated with angina include:
• Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain
• Chest pain or discomfort
• Nausea
• Fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Sweating
• Dizziness

Doctors and dentists should take into consideration the risk of heart attack when patients complain of pain in the jaws – warns Swedish team of scientists.

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