Women over 40, don’t ignore jaw pain!

40 is a milestone!  So many good things come from arriving at the age of 40, you have experience, energy, knowledge, confidence, and respect, but there are some changes women should not ignore and jaw pain is one of them.

When women over 40 experience jaw pain the most likely cause is a tooth or gum infection which can be treated.  It could also be TMJ or jaw-joint dysfunction which would require attention by a dentist for diagnosis.

However, in some cases, jaw pain can signal a heart attack, especially in women, says cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of NYU Langone’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health. In that case, there’s no time to waste.

Heart attack symptoms in women are not always as dramatic as men’s.  Women need to pay attention to their body and listen to the signals it is trying to give her.

Common heart attack symptoms include:chest pain or discomfort for both men and women, but women are more likely to have less typical symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, as well as back or jaw pain, according to the American Heart Association.

Also, many women report that symptoms can be fleeting, and sometimes occur over the course of days, even weeks, says Goldberg.

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If you are experiencing jaw pain of any kind, call for an appointment so the source of the pain can be determined.  Sometimes it CAN be too late.

 

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