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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Indigestion And Heart Attack

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Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Heart attack vs. Indigestion?

Sometimes: Difficult to tell. In olden days, people frequently died of indigestion that was really a heart attack. See ur md to begin ur evakuation. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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What distinguishes chest pains due to indigestion and a heart attack?

What distinguishes chest pains due to indigestion and a heart attack?

Hard to tell: These pains may be very hard to distinguish: indigestion usually occurs after meals, especially if spicy or fatty; heart attack pains usually occur with exertion, may be associated with shortness of breath or radiate down the arm. It is really hard to tell, unless you are in a hospital setting where the necessary tests may be done. Especially in women. ...Read more

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Bpm 46 (normal 56), indigestion, tight chest and throat. Could these be symptoms of a heart attack?

Bpm 46 (normal 56), indigestion, tight chest and throat. Could these be symptoms of a heart attack?

Tight Chest: Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. I agree with dr. Fisher about getting it checked out. ...Read more

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Symptoms today are horrible indigestion , numb arm, shortness of breath , feeling weak . I have costochondritis . Is this normal ? Heart attack ?

Symptoms today are horrible indigestion , numb arm, shortness of breath , feeling weak . I have costochondritis . Is this normal ?  Heart attack ?

Doubt it, but...: 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). In fact, "heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. By the same token, where in your gut you have problems may result in very different sensations. See doctor to be reassured. ...Read more

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Can sudden heartburn be a symptom Of a heart attack?

Can sudden heartburn be a symptom
Of a heart attack?

Heart: MI: yes, heartburn and like symptoms can be due to cardiac causes, all inexplicable instances of chest discomfort mandate investigation as to causal mechanism and appropriate intervention. Detailed history as well as examination and judicious testing are needed especially at your age demographic ...Read more

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What does a heart attack feel like and how can you tell that it is not just heartburn?

What does a heart attack feel like and how can you tell that it is not just heartburn?

You can't : Classic symptoms include central chest pressure, left arm or jaw pain, nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and sweating. Any or all symptoms could represent a heart attack. If you are worried you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can heartburn lead to a heart attack?

Can heartburn lead to a heart attack?

No : Heartburn does not cause heart attacks. However, both can cause chest pain. If you have new or worsening chest pain, go to the er immediately. It may just be heartburn but you don't know for sure until heart attack is ruled out. Heartburn is easily treatable, not permanent or life-threatening, and reversible. Heart attacks are none of those. ...Read more

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Could heartburn lead to a heart attack?

Could heartburn lead to a heart attack?

No: " heart burn" is most commonly acid reflux when stomach acid squirts back up into your esophagus and even mouth giving a burning sensation. A heart attack gives a similar pain but the reflux does not affect your heart but is does effect your esophagus whichis not designed to have acid in the mucosa. If you are having heartburn get checked to make sure it is heartburn an not heart related. ...Read more

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I've had heartburn all day. Now I have a sharp, sudden pain in my left arm under my shoulder. Am i having a heart attack?

Unlikely: Heart attack is unlikely for you as you are a young female unless you would have other conditions such as severe dm, rheumatologic autoimmune diseases or preexisting childhood heart disease. You do have to see your doctor as this constant heartburn, and this sharp pain which seems more like a nerve problem now has to be explained and diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get shoulder pain, left arm pain, back pain and heartburn. I'm worried about a heart attack. It happens every day though. What could it be?

Multiple: Many things are possible, but the heart attack will harm you the most. See a doc, get thatruled out, then they will look for stomach ulcer, gerd, esosphagitis, herniated disc in neck, etc. ...Read more

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Awful heartburn.left arm pain with whole arm tingling. arm prob lasted about 5 minutes. was 3 days ago. Could this have been a heart attack?

L arm pain: Given the background, history, age/gender likely the isolated event was GI etiology though I'd suggest an ECG and cardiovascular risk assessment driven further evaluation ...Read more

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34 M echo stress reached 99% target HR. Have mild acid reflux. Can't get it off my mind that it is heartburn and not heart attack. Feeling helpless!!

34 M echo stress reached 99% target HR. Have mild acid reflux. Can't get it off my mind that it is heartburn and not heart attack. Feeling helpless!!

Acid reflux: Heart burn is a symptom of acid reflux. A normal echo stress study would rule heavily against a heart attack or ischemia. Discuss your feeling of helplessness with your doctor, you should be able to get help through discussion of your situation and perhaps treatment of your symptoms. ...Read more

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34 M EKG echo stress fine no fam hist non smoker mild acid reflux. Can't convince myself heartburn not heart attack. Help. Taken over my life.

34 M EKG echo stress fine no fam hist non smoker mild acid reflux. Can't convince myself heartburn not heart attack.  Help. Taken over my life.

Symptoms: What information you provide suggests very low probability of your symptom being heart related. You should be taking treatment for esophageal reflux and if your symptoms resolve, you should work on your head to let go of the cardiac fixation. Discuss this problem with your doctor and work with the doc on it. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

How do I tell the difference between  chest pain from a hernia and pain from a heart attack?

You don't go toER: Any sudden chest pain due to unknown cause must go to nearest er to make sure it is not an heart attach, save the life , there is no home remedy kit to rule out ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more