It’s the holidays and, frankly, you’ve overindulged. You’re hanging out on the couch when you feel a pain in your chest.
Is your heartburn flaring up again? Or are you having a heart attack?
The symptoms can be confusing, so we suggest you keep this critical information in a handy place.
What is heartburn?
If you’ve experienced heartburn, you’ll know that it can be extremely uncomfortable. (One sufferer describes it as feeling ‘like I’ve swallowed broken glass’.) But heartburn is not a disease, and it has nothing to do with the heart. It happens when acid from the stomach gurgles back up into the oesophagus, leaving you with a painful burning just behind the breastbone that can make you gasp. Because the pain is in your chest, it’s quite understandable that you feel like you’re having a heart attack.
Symptoms of heartburn
– Burning chest pain that begins at the breastbone.
– Pain that moves up toward your throat but doesn’t typically radiate to your shoulders, neck, or arms.
– Sensation that food is coming back into your mouth.
– Bitter or acidic taste at the back of your throat.
– Pain that worsens when you lie down or bend over.
– Nausea, bloating and burping.
Heartburn does not cause more general symptoms such as breathlessness.
You can relieve the pain with medications that reduce acid levels in the stomach, or that provide protection against the acid. FLORA FORCE Slippery Elm tablets is an excellent herbal option.
What is a heart attack?
The main cause of a heart attack is a blockage in the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. A less common cause of heart attack is spasms of the coronary arteries that can be triggered by certain drugs, stress and smoking.
Angina is the chest pain or discomfort you feel when there is not enough blood flow to your heart muscles. It may occur with exercise or stress. However, angina is a warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms of a heart attack
Symptoms vary, but the classic signs to look out for are:
- Chest pain that can be described as pressure, a very heavy weight crushing against the chest.
- The pain may come and go, but lasts for more than a few minutes.
- The chest pain or discomfort is usually central, but not in every case.
- The pain may spread to affect one or both shoulders or arms, the neck, jaw, or upper half of the back.
- Other symptoms include breaking out in a cold sweat, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, dizziness or feeling lightheaded.
Heart attack does not cause the bloating or belching that heartburn sufferers experience.
Similar symptoms can occur in people who experience angina – chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles.
Angina may feel like a pressure or squeezing pain in your chest. You may also feel pain in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back that may go away with rest or medication. Don’t ignore angina, it’s an alert that you could be at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Older people and diabetes sufferers may show no symptoms when they’re having an attack – although they’ll probably show signs of breathlessness.
When to call for help
If you have any chest pains you’re not sure about, see a doctor.
If you feel chest tightness, have trouble breathing, break into a sweat, turn pale, or become very weak, call your local medical emergency. (Keep that number on speed dial.) It’s best to be prepared…
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Original article by Flora Force