Heartburn Or Heart Attack?

You’ve just eaten a big breakfast and are getting an early start on the yard work when you notice a burning feeling in the center of your chest, rising into your throat, with an acidic taste in the back of your mouth.

Is it heartburn or heart attack?


It’s probably heartburn, caused by acid from something you ate traveling up into the esophagus from the stomach. Symptoms can be abated with Tums, Rolaids or a glass of milk.

But if heartburn strikes several times a week or goes on for more than six months, you’ll want to see a doctor and be tested for conditions such as acid reflux disease, gastritis or Barrett’s esophagus.

However if you’ve never had heartburn before and it comes on suddenly, pay attention. You don’t want to miss the signs of a heart attack. If you notice anything else unusual such as tingling or numbness in your arms or fingers, sweating or nausea, call 911.


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