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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference Between A Heart Attack And Gas

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Difference in heart attack and bad gas?

Difference in heart attack and bad gas?

.??: 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 threatening. 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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Why is it that trapped gas feels like you are having a heart attack? When I pass I feel fine.

Why is it that trapped gas feels like you are having a heart attack? When I pass I feel fine.

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 that can give the impression of a heart attack. When the pressure is released, the feeling stops. Read more

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How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

How come GERD and gas feels like a heart attack sometimes? I know it's most likely not one since I'm 22, But it's SO scary. Hard to distinguish..

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 - reflux and esophageal spasm can easily feel like a heart attack. Read more

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Woke up dizzy and felt like I was gonna pass out.. chest hurts.. have a lot of gas too. Can gas cause same signs as heart attack?

Woke up dizzy and felt like I was gonna pass out.. chest hurts.. have a lot of gas too. Can gas cause same signs as heart attack?

Yes: Would definitely recommend that you seek timely medical attention if you experienced the above mentioned symptoms. Heart attack is definitely a possibility and it is not the gas causing the symptoms. Read more

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34M with echo stress perfect in Jan. Acid reflux leads to gas fullness in chest Why am I always thinking I will have a heart attack Taken over my life?

34M with echo stress perfect in Jan. Acid reflux leads to gas fullness in chest Why am I always thinking I will have a heart attack Taken over my life?

Acid reflux: Due in part to the proximity of the anatomy between the esophagus and heart, acid reflux can produce pain/burning sensation in the mid chest. In your case, however, I would take comfort in that you had a negative stress test. Continue to follow up with your doctor regularly, eat a proper diet and exercise. If you continue to have anxiety over this issue, I'd suggest some counseling. Read more

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My cousin had a heart attack, diabetic, non alcoholic and non smoker, in ccu for the last 8 days, creatinine and blood gas level not coming down, on vent?

My cousin had a heart attack, diabetic, non alcoholic and non smoker, in ccu for the last 8 days, creatinine and blood gas level not coming down, on vent?

Very sick: Sounds like he has what we call multi system organ failure where his whole body is struggling so hard each organ is not working right. It is very grave. His doctors are working together to to the best they can as he tries to heal. Pray for him. Read more

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If you have a normal blood pressure and heart rate put pain in left arm and gas can you be having a heart attack?

If you have a normal blood pressure and heart rate put pain in left arm and gas can you be having a heart attack?

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 irreversible damage. Call 911 or local emergency services immediately. Don't drive yourself b/c you don't want to risk passing out. While waiting, take regular aspirin. For more info, check out http://goo. Gl/Ppqxwg, http://goo. Gl/biVvFk & http://goo. Gl/ig9yPX. Read more

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What is a possible non heart attack cause of a quick sharp pain in the left chest/arm? Can it be gas? Other stomach issues?

What is a possible non heart attack cause of a quick sharp pain in the left chest/arm? Can it be gas? Other stomach issues?

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-cardiac causes are pericarditis (inflammation of outer layer of heart), musculoskeletal pain, or neural pain. Read more

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Could trapped gas/bloating cause a burning sensation at the muscular level on left chest and inside party of left bicep? I got scared of heart attack

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 potentially be blocked and affect the blood flow to your heart. It could result in you having a heart attack anytime. There could be other less alarming causes for these symptoms but you cannot take a risk and must go to ER without delay Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a heart attack abd panic attack?

How can you tell the difference between a heart attack abd panic attack?

Sometimes very hard: A panic attack looks a lot like a heart attack...They are quite difficult to tell apart. Thus, if you have symptoms of a heart attack, even if it ends up being a panic attack, you should not hesitate seeing a doctor or calling 911. Heart attack symptoms can be chest pain, trouble breathing, dizziness. These can be the exact same symptoms of a panic attack. Read more

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How do you tell the difference between acidity and heart attack?

How do you tell the difference between acidity and heart attack?

See your Doctor: When you have pain between the neck and upper belly, there are many things that can be the cause. Go to and emergency department or call you doctor if you have pain that is concerning to you. We'd rather tell you it's nothing than have you drop dead because you didn't get help. Read more

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How can you tell the difference between heart attack and angina?

How can you tell the difference between heart attack and angina?

Disease vs. Symptom: Angina is the symptom of chest pain. It does not necessarily mean you are having a heart attack or even have heart disease. Heart attack is a laymen's term for damage to the heart muscle from inadequate blood to part of the heart muscle, usually due to a temporary or permanent blockage of one or more coronary arteries. Only a doctor can tell the difference. 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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How can I tell the difference between having a heart attack or an anxiety attack? I have been having pain in chest and back...just to name a few

How can I tell the difference between having a heart attack or an anxiety attack? I have been having pain in chest and back...just to name a few

See your PCP: Anxiety can often present like a heart attack and many people end up in the ER because they don't know. It can be very frightening, but the only way to know for sure is to be checked by a doctor. If your heart is fine, you may want to consider the level of stress in your life or if anything in particular is worrying you, large or small. Talking to a professional can help you figure this out. Read more

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Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Please tell me, could you explain me what's the difference between heart attack and heart failure?

Heart attack: Heart attack is also called myocardial infarction. It is death of some amount of heart muscle caused by blockage of a heart artery and can result in sudden death. Heart failure is when the heart is not pumping adequately to supply the body's need for blood flow. It can be caused by heart attack or other abnormalities. Read more

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How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

Heart Attack: Costochondritis is inflammation of the bone to cartilage of the sternum (breastbone). The pain is worse when you push on this area. A heart attack on the other hand is from the heart muscle not getting enough blood supply (and oxygenated blood). Heart attack pain is not made worse by pressing on the sternum. It often feels like a huge pressure on the chest, and may radiate into the jaw or arm Read more

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


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more