If you’ve been having ONLY jaw pain, a heart attack or imminent heart attack needs to be ruled out.

Certainly you’ve heard that a heart attack or a pending cardiac event can cause both chest and jaw pain, or that it can cause a triad of symptoms: chest, arm and jaw pain.

But can a heart attack cause
Pain ONLY in the Jaw?

“Typical symptoms of a heart attack include discomfort in the chest, excessive sweating, nausea, weakness and shortness of breath,” says Nichole M. Polin, MD, FACC, Director, Cardio-Oncology Clinic, Ochsner Health System.

“The chest discomfort can often radiate to the jaw or left arm,” continues Dr. Polin.

“Jaw pain alone can be a presenting symptom of a heart attack, especially in women, as women more often have atypical presentations of a heart attack than men.

“Other causes of jaw pain, however, need to be kept in mind such as orthodontic or periodontic disease, TMJ disease and reflux.”

Also keep in mind that just because a person has a benign condition that’s causing new-onset jaw pain doesn’t rule out the possibility that a heart problem is contributing to some of that mandibular pain – even if there are no other symptoms.