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What is angina vs. Heart burn? How do you tell the difference between angina and heart burn?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: May feel the same

Heart burn is a misnomer and has nothing to do with the heart except it can mimic angina.
Angina is pain or discomfort that occurs because of inadequate circulation in the heart. Classic symptoms can usually be distinguished but most people need tests to tell them apart, at least early on until they know what they have. You should see your doctor!

In brief: May feel the same

Heart burn is a misnomer and has nothing to do with the heart except it can mimic angina.
Angina is pain or discomfort that occurs because of inadequate circulation in the heart. Classic symptoms can usually be distinguished but most people need tests to tell them apart, at least early on until they know what they have. You should see your doctor!
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Angina

Angina and heart burn can feel very similar, but there are important differences that can help you discern between the two.
Heart burn is caused by the reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. It is more common after meals, especially with acidic or spicy foods and can also be increased by alcohol. Heart burn also is more likely to occur if you lay down shortly after your meal. Heart burn usually improves with antacids. Angina is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, and is more likely to occur with exertion. Except in advanced stages, angina is usually not precipitated by meals. Angina not does improve with antacids, but instead gets better with Nitroglycerin or rest. Sometimes, people who have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) have acid reflux so frequently that they can heart burn that can be confused for angina. Conversely, some people have atypical angina that feels so similar to heartburn that nobody recognizes their heart disease. If you are not sure about your symptoms, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

In brief: Angina

Angina and heart burn can feel very similar, but there are important differences that can help you discern between the two.
Heart burn is caused by the reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus. It is more common after meals, especially with acidic or spicy foods and can also be increased by alcohol. Heart burn also is more likely to occur if you lay down shortly after your meal. Heart burn usually improves with antacids. Angina is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, and is more likely to occur with exertion. Except in advanced stages, angina is usually not precipitated by meals. Angina not does improve with antacids, but instead gets better with Nitroglycerin or rest. Sometimes, people who have a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) have acid reflux so frequently that they can heart burn that can be confused for angina. Conversely, some people have atypical angina that feels so similar to heartburn that nobody recognizes their heart disease. If you are not sure about your symptoms, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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