The symptoms of myocardial infarction (heart attack) can be described like a pain that starts in the chest and that radiates to the lower jaw. Like any other heart disease, some considerations must be taken before visiting a dentist.

Someone who’s had a heart attack should wait at least six months before having dental treatments. It’s important to give the dentist a detailed list of the drugs taken to prevent complications. For example, if a heart attack patient takes anticoagulants, the blood is less likely to clot and treatments like tooth extraction may need a temporary modification of the drug intake.

The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.

The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.

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