Jaw Pain as a Warning Sign of a Heart Attack?

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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.

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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.

Symptoms associated with angina include:

• Chest pain or discomfort
• Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain
• Fatigue
• Nausea
• Sweating
• Dizziness
• Shortness of breath

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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Source: healthexpertgroup

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