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How to tell the difference between a heart attack and gas

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Heart attack is caused by atherosclerotic plaque in your coronary artery that ruptures such that a blood clot forms on it and acutely occluded the flo... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
.??: Heart pain and damage is very dangerous. Gas from upper or lower GI tract can be unpleasant , belching, flatus and crampy but not usually life threa... Read More

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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Can't be too sure...: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress (many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain).... Read More
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Pressure: Gas buildup in the stomach or intestines can cause pressure leading to abdominal pain, shortness of breath, leading to a feeling of chest discomfort t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 37 years experience
It's the burning: The feeling of acid reflux can be uncomfortable and painful, but many things distinguish from a heart attack - precipitating factors, lifestyle, famil... Read More
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Way the body works.: It's related to the location of the pains, in the chest, and how your brain interprets the sensation sent to it by the esophagus. But you're right - ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Yes : Would definitely recommend that you seek timely medical attention if you experienced the above mentioned symptoms. Heart attack is definitely a possib... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
Non-heart attack: Quick sharp pain in left chest and arm need not be from heart attack. It could be angina with out heart attack. Consult your physician. Other non-card... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Very Serious: Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables to this. Your cousin may have had cardiogenic shock and this caries a very high mortality risk. Without kn... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Yes: If you think you're having a heart attack, going online & waiting for an answer is wrong thing to do. You only have 6 hours to prevent irreversibl... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
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Go to ER: The symptoms you have listed could be trapped gas orAngina symptoms. This means that one of your coronary arteries (blood vessels to your heart) could... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Juan Guarderas
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Need exam: I think that you need a careful evaluation, specially of your liver and gallbladder. This evaluation will include lab tests and probable imagining lik... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 14 years experience
At age 27: Panic attack statistically is much more likely.