A blocked coronary artery – blood vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood and oxygen – is the culprit behind a deadly heart attack. Could toothache be a warning sign of the condition?

According to Medicine Net, toothache is most certainly an indicator for a heart attack.

Other bizarre signs may include arm pain, upper back pain, general malaise and vomiting.

The most common heart attack sensation is pain, fullness and/or squeezing in the chest, and the pain can radiate to the jaw or other body parts.

Risk factors for a heart attack include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, use of tobacco, diabetes, and a family history of coronary heart disease.

High cholesterol can lead to atheroscleorosis, whereby cholesterol plaque harden the arterial walls and narrow the blood passageway.

Arteries narrowed by this process (atheroscleorosis) can’t deliver enough blood to maintain the normal function of the parts of the body they supply.

This can begin in someone’s teenage years, with health problems not becoming apparent into later in adulthood.

Abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart usually occurs with heart attacks.

An ECG can identify areas of the heart muscle deprived of oxygen and any scar tissue.

Blood tests may also be done to diagnose a heart attack, as dying heart muscles release cardiac enzymes into the bloodstream.

These cardiac enzymes are know as “creatine phosphokinase (CPK), special sub-fractions of CPK (specifically, the MB fraction of CPK), and troponin”.

Do you have any chest pain you are yet to discuss with your doctor? If so, comment below.

If you haven’t, what are your reasons for not sharing your concerns with a healthcare professional?

Is it time, or trying to get through to the doctor’s surgery, fear of the outcome of you just haven’t got round to it?

source: express.co.uk

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