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Heart attack symptoms: Pain in the jaw could be a sign

HEART attacks don’t always force people to clutch their heart or left arm - and fall to the floor. Symptoms of a potentially deadly episode can vary and even cause pain in unexpected parts of the body.

Heart attacks are medical emergencies and they can be life-threatening.

They are caused when the supply of blood to the heart is blocked by a blood clot - which leaves the organ without a supply of oxygen rich blood which damages the heart muscle.

Pain in the chest including tightness, heaviness, pain and a burning feeling in the chest are symptoms of a heart attack.

However, pain in other places in the body - including the jaw - can also be a warning sign.

This is because the nerves that supply the chest and heart also supply the neck and jaw.

When the nerves of the heart are inflamed it can send similar messages to this part of the body.

Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach can also be an indicator of a heart attack.

The pain can be severe - or just uncomfortable.

Other symptoms of a heart attack include sweating, feeling light-headed, becoming short of breath or feeling nauseous and vomiting.

If people believe they are having a heart attack, the first thing they should do is call 999 and sit and rest.

Pain in the heart can be angina, a condition usually caused by heart disease.

People with angina can experience similar symptoms to a heart attack, but they usually happen during exercise and pass within a few minutes.

However, people with the condition, which occurs when the blood supply to the heart is restricted, can have a heart attack.

NHS Choices has warned people to recognise the difference between angina and heart attack.

Angina often feels like a tightness in the chest with some people experiencing shortness of breath.

NHS Choices said: “The best way to do this is to remember that the symptoms of angina can be controlled with medication, unlike the symptoms of a heart attack.

“If you have angina, you may have been prescribed medication that improves your symptoms within five minutes.

“If the first dose doesn't work, a second dose can be taken after five minutes, and a third dose after a further five minutes.”

The British Heart Foundation said: “If you have already been diagnosed with angina, you may experience angina pain or discomfort that you can manage by taking your glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) spray or tablets, and resting.”

However, the charity warned it could be a heart attack so if people feel tightness in the chest or pain in the arm throat, neck, jaw, back or stomach they should call 999.

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