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what can cause tightening/squeezing in the chest & nausea at night?

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Dr. Ashesh Patel
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Acid, asthma, heart!: Most likely source of chest tightness occurring at rest at night with or without nausea is gastroesophageal problem (heartburn, acid reflux, ulcer). Another source is lung-related (asthma, COPD). The deadliest source is heart-related (heart attack, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, blood clot in heart/lung). GO TO ER NOW to rule out a heart problem!!! If ER clears you, then go to PCP for eval.
Answered on Jun 10, 2016
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Stomach or heart: Symptoms may be from the heart and should be evaluated immediately. Because of you age, unless you have other med issues, I would guess you are experience "GERD"- gastroesophageal reflux disease- which would occur when you are laying flat at night. Try an antacid (i.e.: omeprazole- available OTC) before you go to bed.
Answered on Sep 20, 2015

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