Combined chest and jaw pain can be cardiac related and may indicate a heart attack. This type of pain originates in the chest area and radiates upwards to the left jaw. Chest pain that does not radiate to the jaw is less ominous.
Features of chest and jaw pain can include severe, crushing chest pain or a deep pressure within the chest that radiates up to the left jaw. The pain can cause extreme anxiety and be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sweating.
If you experience chest and jaw pain, immediately seek emergency medical attention. If the pain is related to a heart attack, prompt treatment will offer a better prognosis and chance of survival.
You need to have the cause of your chest and jaw pain identified by a physician through a variety of tests including blood tests, electrocardiograms and x-rays. Self-diagnosis could be life threatening.
Chest and jaw pain can't be prevented, but you can take measures to ensure a healthy heart and lifestyle, including eating healthfully, not smoking, monitoring your blood pressure and cholesterol, and taking prescribed medications. Regular check- ups are important in early detection and treatment of medical conditions.
Usually only left chest and jaw pain are heart related, but right-sided chest and jaw pain sometimes can indicate heart problems, as well.