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Could jaw pain alone be a symptom of heart attack?

Could jaw pain alone be a symptom of heart attack?

Yes: Most people will still have the chest pressure but some people complain of the pain the jaw or the arm alone, still usually with other symptoms as feeling short of breath or sweating although even that is variable.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Is jaw pain alone a symptom of heart attack or does it have to be accompanied by other symptoms?

Is jaw pain alone a symptom of heart attack or does it have to be accompanied by other symptoms?

Variable: Some people can highlight feeling jaw pain and maybe having heart attack, and that is the minority of cases. Majority still will have chest pressure. Still even with jaw pain as the presenting symptom most of them still will have heavy sweating, feeling of sob or pain going to left arm. Now can jaw pain be the only symptom, never say never, yes, it can be.

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What does jaw pain feel like during a heart attack?

What does jaw pain feel like during a heart attack?

An aching: Pretty much an aching of the jaw (more commonly the left jaw joint,) and it doesn't really change with chewing and functions. Is one of the signs of a heart attack that are taught in CPR courses.

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Is having off and on left side jaw pain a symptom of a heart attack?

Is having off and on left side jaw pain a symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: Possible, especially if associated with exercise. Rule out a heart problem by seeing your MD ASAP. Then see orals surgeon about jaw pain.

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When is jaw pain a sign of heart attack? Been having jaw pain for months now. Sometimes lower and sometimes upper?

No cocaine?: MI at 31 yo unusual, & when seen cocaine use must be Ruled Out! MI assoc w feeling of doom, severe SOB, chest pain and sometimes jaw pain. Esophogeal spasm from Advil (ibuprofen) can mimic MI. Jaw pain alone is not specific. When having MI your entire sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activated. Heart has no pain fibers, symptoms are a warning from SNS. You have sweating, nausea & pain. See internist ASAP

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Wondering about jaw pain & heart attack... what does it feel like. Does your jaw feel like it may lock up & is it hard to chew. Discomfort in back?

Wondering about jaw pain & heart attack... what does it feel like. Does your jaw feel like it may lock up & is it hard to chew. Discomfort in back?

Not typically: What you are describing sounds more like a jaw joint problem. See your Dentist for treatment or referral. If you have cardiac concerns, better to be safe than sorry. See your Physician to establish a baseline.

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I am the nervous type. Have jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack? But what I also have tmj?

I am the nervous type. Have jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack? But what I also have tmj?

Probabilities: Odds are jaw pain is just due to pain in the jaw (eg tmj). You're right that people with angina may get pain that spreads from their chest to their jaw and, less often, can get just jaw pain alone, but what is causing your pain depends on your profile. Are you at risk for heart disease? Can't answer that here of course - you need to be evaluated by your family doctor.

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Do you know what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?

Do you know what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?

Many disorders: Disorders of the muscles, bones or joints of the chest wall can mimic a heart attack. Same with disorders of the digestive system such as heartburn, acid reflux, and certain disorders of the esophagus.. Also states where excess adrenaline is released, such as reactions to certain drugs, medications, extreme stress, and even anxiety disorders, can cause chest tightness and pain.

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Any ideas on what pains that are similar to a heart attack might also be related to (chest, back, jaw pain)?

Call 911: Regardless, the cause, severe chest, back, jaw pains always a red flag. If you have chest pain regardless of its cause (heart burn, jaw pain, anxiety, etc.), visit to the ER is warranted. Do not drive, Call 911.

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain?

Anginal equivalent: Yes, it is absolutely possible for heart attack victims to have neck or jaw pain as their presenting symptoms. In fact, patients who a diabetic run a risk of having no symptoms at all. While chest pressure or pain is the most common symptom, anginal equivalent such as neck pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath may be symptoms as well.

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Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj

Is it possible for a person having a heart attack to have neck and jaw pain but no chest pain? I also have tmj

Yes: Neck and jaw pain without chest pain would be considered an "atypical" presentation but it does happen. Remember that a heart attack can (and does in 30-50% of cases) have no pain. Other symptoms that commonly accompany heart attacks are: breathlessness, cold-clammy sweat, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Recurring pain is not likely your heart since frequent recurrent heart attacks are unlikely.

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I am a 29 year old female. I am healthy and work outregularly. I get a mild jaw pain that comes and goes. I haveno arm or chest pain. Could it be heart attack?

Least likely: Although jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack, I think you would know by now if that was the problem. There are much more common causes of intermittent jaw pain. See a dentist for an evaluation of other common causes.

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Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Unlikely: If the pain is days apart, especially unlikely. A heart attack usually declares itself within 8 hours. Although people can have "silent MIs", your age sorta rules that out

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I am displaying classic signs of a heart attack such as fatigue, dizzness, discomfort in both arms, nausea, jaw pain as well as back and stomach pain. I am not sure if it is idiotic to be unsure if this actually means I am having a heart attack. I had fou

I am displaying classic signs of a heart attack such as fatigue, dizzness, discomfort in both arms, nausea, jaw pain as well as back and stomach pain. I am not sure if it is idiotic to be unsure if this actually means I am having a heart attack. I had fou

By: By the date of this post, almost a week has passed. If you have not seen a doctor already it is wise to do so. The symptoms you described can indicate angina, or myocardial infarction (mi, also known as heart attack). Also, your symptoms could have merely been due to an adverse effect of taking four 5 hour energy drinks. This high amount of caffeine can often mimic the signs of a mi. I recommend you cut down on these drinks so as to avoid any unwanted side effects. Regardless you will need a work up, which will include an ekg (test that checks the electrical activity of your heart), this test can give an indication if there is concern for an mi or risk of one. After a detailed history, exam, and testing, your doctor will be able to give you a likely diagnosis and treatment plan. Good luck.

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Should I go to the er"? I am a 56 yr old female, diabetes, high blood pressure. Having off and on stomach pain in the middle and left side, pain in my neck and ear and some jaw pain. I thought these may be symptoms of a heart attack in women. I have no in

Should I go to the er"? I am a 56 yr old female, diabetes, high blood pressure. Having off and on stomach pain in the middle and left side, pain in my neck and ear and some jaw pain. I thought these may be symptoms of a heart attack in women. I have no in

Hello.: Hello. I don't know what your pain represents. I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack. You asked specifically about symptoms in women. The following statistics are from a national institute of health study. 43% of women had no chest pain. 58% were short of breath; 55% had marked weakness; 43% experienced fatigue, with cold sweats in 39% & dizziness in 39%. According to the study preceding their heart attacks women experienced the following symptoms: unusual fatigue - 70%; sleep disturbance - 48%; shortness of breath - 42%; indigestion - 39% and anxiety - 35%. Whenever int doubt it is best to take the cautious road. Jaw pain in a woman with diabetes and high blood pressure is of concern.

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Discomfort in chest, neck, and jaw. Anything besides heart attack pain that can cause that?

Discomfort in chest, neck, and jaw. Anything besides heart attack pain that can cause that?

Angina: Pre- infarcion unstable angina, accelerated angina, atypical angina, anginal equivalent, stable angina can all be experienced like that.

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I have heart attack symptoms, pain in the middle of my chest and pain in the neck and jaw. Could this be some other cause?

I have heart attack symptoms, pain in the middle of my chest and pain in the neck and jaw. Could this be some other cause?

Chest pain: You should seek medical advise immediately for heart attack symptoms, not on media like this. If you still have these symptoms and not seen a doctor yet, please do asap.

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I have pain type feeling in jaw lower right hand side. I doubt it's a heart attack but what else can cause it?

I have pain type feeling in jaw lower right hand side. I doubt it's a heart attack but what else can cause it?

Sinus, teeth, etc.: A sinus infection, tooth inflammation, nerve pain from the oral or facial region. TMJ inflammation are considerations. At your age, a cardiac cause would be very unlikely. Jaw pain becomes more worrisome for cardiac reasons if accompanied by chest pain, shortness of breath, abnormal sweating, etc.

Dr. Creighton Wright
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