Tooth pain and heart attacks

Alternative names
Jaw pain and heart attacks; Heart attacks and jaw pain

Information

Question:
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack?

Answer:
Sometimes. Heart pain can radiate to the jaw and teeth. It cannot be emphasized enough that a heart attack may have symptoms other than chest pain and these symptoms should be evaluated immediately. See chest pain and acute MI.

Pain in the upper teeth may also indicate other things like a sinus infection. An evaluation by your doctor is important to know the cause of your symptoms.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by Potos A. Aagen, M.D.

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