Heartburn or heart attack?That is the question. You’re at home and you start having chest pains. Should you be concerned? Heartburn or indigestion creates discomfort and pain when digestive acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus. Indigestion usually starts as a burning sensation. You might feel it in your upper abdomen, and the pain and discomfort might spread to your chest area, thus the term “heartburn. Many foods can trigger heartburn such as fried, acidic, and sugary. It’s important for your heart and overall health, to eat a well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise and sleep. Weight and stress too can cause an on-slot of health issues. The American Heart Association offers a variety of dietary recommendations for a healthy heart. A heart attack is similar to heartburn. The classic signs involve a sudden and severe pain in the chest. Victims describe it as a crushing pain, like an elephant sitting on your chest. However, heart attack signs vary greatly depending on the individual, and many attacks do not occur in the classic “textbook” way. Heartburn can be one symptom of a heart attack. The most common symptom for both men and women is chest discomfort, and sometimes it is hard to tell whether it is mere heartburn or a more serious heart attack.
Typical heart attack symptoms:
- Pressure on the chest
- Tightness in the chest
- Chest pain
- A squeezing sensation in the chest
- Pain that radiates down your arms, particularly your left arm, or that spreads into the back, neck, or jaw
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Indigestion (heartburn)
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking out into a cold sweat
- Sudden dizziness
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