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Is It Heart Pain or Just Heartburn?

Heartburn and heart pain are two completely different things. Many of us have often complained about having burning pain below their chest with acid reflux rising up the throat. This is heartburn which usually results from indigestion and gastric problem. However, symptoms of heart attack is also quiet similar to this.

Heart pain which leads to heart attack also starts like heartburn. There have been many cases where the patient has ignored or misinterpreted the symptoms causing heart attacks or death in many cases. In order to protect ourselves from such uncalled for circumstances we should know the exact distinguishing factors that sets a heart burn apart from a heart pain.  

How Is Heart Pain Different From Heart Burn

Heart burn caused due to indigestion is termed as Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It is a chest discomfort which is considered to be NonCardiac Chest Pain (NCCP). To begin with, it is very similar to Angina, the heart pain that is related to heart attacks.

Knowing the exact difference will help patient to treat an acid reflux in a more effective manner at the same time be prompt to take action in case of Angina. Heart pain may start like an indigestion sensation or acid reflux but it will soon spread to the other part of the body such as the chest and the back.

Know the Symptoms Of Heart Attack  

What causes heart attack? Heart is a small muscular organ of our body that pumps oxygenated blood into tissues, arteries and veins through the blood vessels. When there is a blockage in the arteries or a coronary artery disease that stops proper blood flow into the heart, it causes heart attack.

In some medical conditions such as diabetes, there are no symptoms before heart attack. However, the most common symptoms of heart pain that precede a heart attack are as follows:

  • The chest pain that precedes heart attack is often explained as a feeling of pressure, tightness or heaviness.
  • It feels like something very heavy weight has been thrust upon the chest.
  • The pain comes and goes intermittently lasting up till a few minutes.

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