Symptoms

Jaw Pain Could Be Sign of Serious Heart Condition

Dr. Larry Weinrauch Health Pro July 23, 2008
  • Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?   These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an...

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  • michael80
    Apr. 02, 2012

    I have been to the ER twice within the last 6 months with chest pains, upper back pains, neck and left shoulder pains, jaw pains, etc. All these symptoms made my doctor think it was something cardiac, advising me to go to the ER. They did a CT scan, EKG, bloodwork, and on the most recent visit a heart cathidarization. All came back normal, but I continue to...

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    I have been to the ER twice within the last 6 months with chest pains, upper back pains, neck and left shoulder pains, jaw pains, etc. All these symptoms made my doctor think it was something cardiac, advising me to go to the ER. They did a CT scan, EKG, bloodwork, and on the most recent visit a heart cathidarization. All came back normal, but I continue to have these pains which seem to come once or twice a week for maybe an hour. The doctor thinks anxiety, and that maybe these pains will simply go away over time. I'm finding that hard to believe, as yesterday while sitting at home not anxious about anything I started having these pains. Starting with the center of my chest, going through to my upper back, then to my left shoulder, following with some jaw pains. Walking around doesn't seem to help, blood pressure and heart rate was 145/95 and 105bpm in the middle of all of this. BP has been high lately, was put on 10mg of lisinporil after all this started, and also recently buspar for anxiety which only seems to make me dizzy for about an hour. Anyone have any other suggestions I should run past my doctor to get checked for?

    • nightsky
      Dec. 05, 2013

      hello,

       

      wondering if you found out what was causing your symptoms?

      I too am having same symptoms, and Ive had multiple ekgs, nuclear stress test 3 yrs ago, then echo stress test last month normal, ekgs like 6 in last 6 mos all normal, cardiac enzymes normal, and finally a heart cath they said was normal no evidence of blockages or plaque. I am confused...

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      hello,

       

      wondering if you found out what was causing your symptoms?

      I too am having same symptoms, and Ive had multiple ekgs, nuclear stress test 3 yrs ago, then echo stress test last month normal, ekgs like 6 in last 6 mos all normal, cardiac enzymes normal, and finally a heart cath they said was normal no evidence of blockages or plaque. I am confused and don't know where to go from here.  Have you had your gallbladder checked for gallstones?  Ive had that and had pain radiate from chest, all the way through back and shoulders.  Had it removed.  I have a history of vtach, had heart ablation in 2008, and have pvcs and pacs.  I am wondering about the possiblility of syndrome x or microvascular disease more common in women, but also men can have this as well.  from my understanding the only way to dx this is through a cardiac MRI, or a very special cardiologist where they do a cath like procedure using an ultrasound device inside the arteries which takes from 60-90 minutes Undecided

       

      then they do a challenge test while doing this.  It doesnt sound fun but I am going to mention this to my cardiologist and see what he thinks or says.  I am also wondering about a myocardial bridge that can cause pains and symptoms.

       

      Please let me know if you found answers and hope you are doing well.

       

       

  • Pete
    Dec. 08, 2011

    what causes neck pain can that be heart related as well?  my jaw doesn't hurt b ut my neck sure does 

  • M.O.
    Dec. 08, 2010

    Hi!

    I'm 49 y.o. white female with family history of cardovascular problems from both parents's sides. In menopause 2 years. Occasionally I feel severe burning pain in upper abdomen (almost on diaphragma) that allways is accompagnied with nasty pain in lower jaw. I used to think that it could be caused by acid reflux. HOwever, the last time it...

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    Hi!

    I'm 49 y.o. white female with family history of cardovascular problems from both parents's sides. In menopause 2 years. Occasionally I feel severe burning pain in upper abdomen (almost on diaphragma) that allways is accompagnied with nasty pain in lower jaw. I used to think that it could be caused by acid reflux. HOwever, the last time it occured in early morning hours when I was still asleep and was accompagnied by severe pain in left chest.  The pain, in fact, started in chest area as a strong pressure, then rapidly spred to upper abdomen (burning) and low jaw and left elbow (pressure).  It lasted at least, several minutes.  I was sweating. NIght before I had a stress and took 2 sleeping pills (over-the-counter variety).

     

    Would apreciate any kind of comment as to what could cause this thing

     

     

  • Anonymous
    B1988
    Nov. 09, 2010

    i've seen several doctors that say they can't find anything wrong with me and every time i do any cardio exsersize i get very short of breth with lower jaw pain and pain in my throat. i've had ekg, blood tests, chest x rays, ct of my lungs done and still nothing, do i need to find a different doctor or should i not worry about it? 

  • kdj52
    Apr. 05, 2010

    I want to say thank you for your reply.  I have a stress treadmill test in the morning.  I am a 56-year-old, morbidly obese female with jaw pain at times when I climb our 14 steps from the bottom floor of our home to the main level.  I also tried doing the treadmill test myself this morning and started having jaw pain at the second level of the...

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    I want to say thank you for your reply.  I have a stress treadmill test in the morning.  I am a 56-year-old, morbidly obese female with jaw pain at times when I climb our 14 steps from the bottom floor of our home to the main level.  I also tried doing the treadmill test myself this morning and started having jaw pain at the second level of the test, immediately slowed down and quit the test.  I figured I let the expert cardiologist handle all in the morning.  Your explanation helped a great deal.  There is heart disease in my family, i.e. my father died at age 58 of arteriosclerosis over 26 years ago.  Time for me to wake up and smell the roses - get into a weight loss routine, better eating habits, and take better care of myself.  Sedentary life of medical transcription has done me in over the last few years.

    • bambam25
      Jul. 05, 2010

      hurray for you for going to the Dr...hope all turned out well....your life is nothing to take for granted...I too am learning that !!

       

  • Anonymous
    susan kammerer
    Jan. 05, 2010

    Dr. Weinrauch,

    My husband died of a heart attack April 2007. I was with him at the time, am a nurse, did CPR and when help arrived, the 2nd shock revived his heart, his brain never recovered and he was taken off life support three days later per his living will. He had complained of shortness of breath off and on, of feeling tired, and his chest had a slight...

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    Dr. Weinrauch,

    My husband died of a heart attack April 2007. I was with him at the time, am a nurse, did CPR and when help arrived, the 2nd shock revived his heart, his brain never recovered and he was taken off life support three days later per his living will. He had complained of shortness of breath off and on, of feeling tired, and his chest had a slight pain where he had broken ribs skiing. He also had chronic fatigue and unexplained bouts of sweating, I read that these are all serious signs of probable impending heart attacks in diabetics. He was discharged from the Aspen ER and was told his heart was fine just one month prior to his death. He went to the Mayo clinic regularly, was very educated and monitored his diabetes. WHY were we NEVER told from Mayo to watch for these concurrent signs.?Shouldn't this be taught to diabetics as simply and importantly as stop, drop and roll for fire!? I feel so let down by the medical community, he was only 67, I am 51 and feel he was robbed of the rest of his life as two little stints opened himn right up. We need to do a better job with education and prevention.

    • pydpydper
      Nov. 01, 2010

      I am sorry to read what you wrote.  It must be understaood that the medical profession is NOT made of of scientists as doctors.  Doctors are to the body what mechanics are to the car. A doctor is NOT a scientist just as a mechanic is not an engineer.  Unfortunately the medical industry is more concerned about money and are focused on being cost...

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      I am sorry to read what you wrote.  It must be understaood that the medical profession is NOT made of of scientists as doctors.  Doctors are to the body what mechanics are to the car. A doctor is NOT a scientist just as a mechanic is not an engineer.  Unfortunately the medical industry is more concerned about money and are focused on being cost effective.  Medical exams are rather primitive since equiptment that could help determine the state of health ARE NOT used as necessary.  EKG's are NOT accurate.  I believe the great ego of individuals prevent good healthcare. 

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  • Anonymous
    A. P. Sawant
    Oct. 30, 2009

    Thanks for this article. It has adviced me to run for a doctor  immediately. Lot of thanks. Continue your guidens this way. God bless you.

    - A. p Sawant