We often confuse between the symptoms of Heart attack and heartburn, because heart burns also appears on chest as heart attack pain. However, the symptoms of the ailments vary in every individual depending upon their heart and stomach conditions. So, knowing about the basic symptoms which differentiate heart burn from heart attacks is very important, as both the problems can restrict your day-to-day life.
Check out both in detail:
Heartburn is also known as acid indigestion and it causes a burning sensation in the chest. It is actually a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and is caused by acid refluxing back into the esophagus. The pain just surrounds the chest and does not spread to other parts of the body and is often managed by using antacids, which neutralize the acid.
It can temporarily cause chest pain while taking a deep breath or coughing. As the gastric acid moves up into the esophagus, it causes a sour taste in the mouth, this usually occurs after a meal or at midnight.
Symptoms of Heartburn:
• Burning chest pain
• Feels like food is coming back into the mouth
• Bitter taste is felt at the back of the throat
• Pain increases when you are lying down
Causes of Heartburn:
• Carbonated beverages
• Acidic juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple)
• Acidic foods (tomatoes, grapefruit, and oranges)
Most heart attacks involve discomfort at the center or left side of the chest, which usually lasts for few minutes or travels from chest to other parts of the body. A heart attack is a condition in which blood supply to the heart muscle is reduced or blocked and the heart is not able to get oxygen. The reason can be blockage of coronary arteries or spasm of a coronary artery. If the problem isn’t treated quickly, the portion of heart muscle starts to die.
Symptoms of Heart Attack:
• Chest Pain spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
• Feeling of tightness, fullness or pain, usually in the center or left side of the chest
• Intensive sweating
• Nausea and vomiting
• Shortness of breath
• Weakness or dizziness
Causes of Heart Attack:
• Emotional stress
• Exposure to extreme cold
• Cigarette smoking
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
As we are well versed with the proverb 'Prevention is better than cure'. So, it’s always good to be aware of the probable symptoms of any disease or ailment. Hope, the article has cleared your confusion between the cause and symptoms of heartburn and heart attack.
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