Heartburn can feel very similar to chest pain that is a sign of a heart attack—knowing the difference can save your life!
Heartburn, which is caused by stomach acid flowing back up into the esophagus, is a burning sensation in the lower chest. Sometimes, the symptoms of a heart attack can be mistaken as just being heartburn. Knowing the difference can be a lifesaver. Here are 5 signs it may be more serious than heartburn:
1. You feel a squeezing feeling or pressure in the chest.
2. Your chest pain is accompanied by pain in the left shoulder, arm or jaw.
3. You are having trouble breathing.
4. Your skin is sweaty or clammy.
5. Your pain began during physical activity or stress.
If you experience the above symptoms, it is important to call 9-1-1 right away. If you are unsure of the cause of your chest pain, call 9-1-1 for emergency medical help—it is always better to air on the side of caution.
Keep in mind that heartburn often occurs after eating certain foods, when you lie down after eating or when you exercise after eating. Pain from heartburn may worsen upon bending over. Heartburn may cause a burning sensation that moves from the lower chest up to the throat and may cause a bitter or sour taste in the throat.
If you have consistent heartburn, make an appointment to see your doctor. To learn more about heartburn and the differences between chest pain from heart attack and chest pain from heartburn, visit our Health Library. To explore the services we offer here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, visit us online today or give us a call at 727-819-2929.