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Can heartburn lead to a heart attack?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: No

The symptoms of "heartburn" are related to acid that washes up out of the stomach into the esophagus causing irritation.
This pain can sometimes mimic a heart attack but in fact has nothing to do with the heart.

In brief: No

The symptoms of "heartburn" are related to acid that washes up out of the stomach into the esophagus causing irritation.
This pain can sometimes mimic a heart attack but in fact has nothing to do with the heart.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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