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Chest and jaw pain. Is it indigestion or angina?

hAVE CHEST PAIN THROUGH TO THE BACK AND UP TO MY JAW. i HAVE HAD IT A FEW TIMES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS . hOW CAN I TELL IF IT IS INDIGESTION AND NOT ANGINA? i AM 77 ,HAVE A RIGHT HIP REPLACEMENT BUT TRY TO KEEP ACTIVE AND TRAVEL OVERSEAS EVERY FEW MONTHS. mY FATHER HAD A HEART ATTACK AT 41 BUT LIVED TIL HE WAS 89 IT COULD BE HEREDITARY. cAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANGINA AND iNDIGESTION?
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Hello, and welcome to HCM!

Chest pain in someone your age is always taken very seriously by doctors. Although I understand you are in excellent physical condition, with your family history it is important that you be evaluated by your doctor right away, as this could be angina (lack of blood flow in the coronary arteries).

It is very unlikely that indigestion would cause pain that goes to your back and jaw. This sounds much more like chest pain related to your heart. The best way to determine this is with a stress test, which your doctor can order. You also may need medicines to control you blood pressure and cholesterol (which increase your chance of heart attacks if they are too high).


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Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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