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Oral health: The signs in your mouth that could be signalling a heart attack

Life & StyleOral health: The signs in your mouth that could be signalling a heart attack


The mouth is one of the most vital organs in the body and can also be an indicator when something is not quite right. Unusual tastes in the mouth could be directly linked to a failing heart, warn experts.

Having an interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy the heart muscle.

The majority of the time, the blood flow is restricted due to a build-up of fat and cholesterol – forming a plaque.

Paying attention to the warning signs you’re in need of medical attention is crucial.

Dr Mark Perlroth said: “Heart attacks sometimes mimic simple health conditions, such as indigestion, so it’s important to know the difference between these and other conditions.”

Heartburn-like symptoms can be from a heart attack.

This may cause foul breath and a sour, acidic, or metallic taste in the mouth.

Doctors Hospital lists the lesser-known sign on its website stating “chronic or severe indigestion without burping, belching, heartburn, nausea or sour taste in the mouth”.

How to react

The first thing you must do is dial 999 immediately for an ambulance, advises the British Heart Foundation.

The site added: “Don’t worry if you’re not completely sure whether your symptoms are a heart attack, it’s really important that you seek medical attention regardless as quickly as possible.”

The health site advises to then:

Sit down and rest

Take a 300mg aspirin if you have one within arm’s reach

Stay calm and wait for the paramedics.



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