Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Can a blocked artery cause jaw pain?

Q. Lately when I climb the stairs or get really stressed, my jaw starts hurting. Is that just an oddity or something I should worry about?

A. Instead of worrying, you should see your doctor as soon as you can and tell him or her what is happening. Aches and pains in the jaw and neck are fairly common symptoms of angina — discomfort arising from poor blood flow to part of the heart muscle. Although angina is commonly felt as pain, pressure, or heaviness in the chest, it can appear in many guises.

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