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Heart Burn Or Heart Attack
How can I tell if I am having a heart burn or heart attack? It seems that symptoms of heart burn and heart attack are very similar, how can I tell the differences and the warning signs before it's too late
Treat heartburn: It can be hard to tell the difference even for your doctor without testing. I find it very useful to treat the heartburn proactively by avoiding foods that cause it and maybe using medication to suppress it if needed. That way you are less likely to get any chest pain. You should also talk to your doctor about modifying your risk factors for heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bad stomach cramps right above the belly button, chest pain in my left side. Heart burn or heart attack?
UNLIKELY HEART ATTAC: It is more likely to be gastroesophageal refluxwith or withot esophagitis.But there is possibility of chest pain related to heart, or pulmonary cause, or costochondritis you need to have it checked asap by your doctor with exam and ekg, and may or may not need endoscopy or a trial of acid suppression therapy depending on what your doctor feels it can be. ...Read more
May be same symptoms: But very different problems. Heartburn is a symptom of burning discomfort behind breast bone-causes include reflux of stomach contents, inflammation of esophagus, stomach, ulcers, heart. Heart attack is muscle death in the heart caused by poor blood flow or blockage. May have discomfort, squeezing, burning, heavyness in chest, nausea, vomiting, sweats, shortness of breath, palpitations, faintness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
8 weeks pregnant . Sinus tach ..On & off for days been getting pain under left breast .Sharp .. Sometimes with heart burn awhile after . Heart attack?
Hard to tell: It is at times difficult to differentiate between pain due to heart diease and that caused by problems of the upper GI tract.Specific symptoms, age, personal and family medical history may all help in making a determination. However, it is never a good idea to assume that indigestion is the cause. Better to go to the er and get an evaluation than to take an antacid and find out you were wrong. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be difficult: Heart attack typically presents as chest pressure, tightness or heaviness as if someone is sitting on your chest, triggered by physical or emotional exertion, possibly spreading to your jaw, neck, shoulder or arm, associated with shortness of breath, pounding heart beat, sweating, dizziness or nausea. It may not present in this typical way. Can be confused with heart burn. If suspected, go to er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Classically: Angina pectoris =substernal pressure, pain with radiation to the neck or left or right arm and shoulder. Some will have abdominal pain-and be confused with gallbladder or stomach symptoms. Ladies seem to have less classic// or tolerate pain better than men. Relief with Nitroglycerin is very suggestive. A feeling of impending doom, pallor, sweating suggest a bad day! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have left arm pain when i move it and heart burn but no other symptoms. Could it be a heart attack? I am a 38 yr female
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
My husband diagnosed with gastritis. Symptom started as heart attack feeling. No heart prob. No heartburn history?
Can not: Unless tests are done.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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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