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5 Simple Signs to
Tell if it is Acid Reflux or Heart Pain
|Chest pain can
be a very scary, serious issue. If you are one of many Americans
at risk for heart disease, it can be even more frightening. But
sometimes chest pain isn't heart related, it is a digestive
Heartburn, or it's more serious cousin acid reflux, affects millions of
people everyday. The symptoms of both heart problems and acid
reflux are very similar, but the treatment is obviously very
different. It's easy to mistake one for the other because the
esophagus is located behind the heart in the chest cavity.
Identifying the real problem when you have chest pain is very important.
Here's a few things to look out for. But remember, when in doubt
see your health care provider.
1. Burning in the throat due to stomach acid. This is an extension of the
heartburn pain caused by acid reflux. Pain caused by stomach
acid regurgitating into the esophagus and mouth is due to acid
reflux, not heart problems.
2. Chest pain that begins or increases with exercise is more likely due to a
heart problem. Acid reflux symptoms don't change with physical
exertion. The heart experiences stress during physical exercise
that can manifest potential problems within.
3. Coughing, wheezing, breathing problems, acid regurgitation, bitterness in
the mouth: these are all signs of acid reflux disease. The acid
entering the esophagus is to blame for each of these symptoms,
some of which can be very pronounced. Pregnant women seem to be
prone to heartburn during the last two trimesters where a
growing fetus crowds the space the stomach normally occupies.
For these women, and others in high risk groups, understanding
their propensity to heartburn is also important. For example,
some pregnant women with chest pain find themselves in the
hospital thinking they are having heart attacks, when in fact
they are having very serious acid reflux. Again, knowing you are
susceptible to acid reflux can help you identify the cause of
4. Numbness or tingling in the arm or arms can be a symptom of a heart
attack, and is generally not a symptom of acid reflux. Obviously
these symptoms are serious and should be treated immediately by
a health care professional.
5. Increased pain after meals is usually a symptom of acid reflux disease.
Overeating or bending over after eating can exacerbate the
problems, which are not heart related. The extra acid a stomach
releases to digest food is to blame for the increased discomfort
after meals. While these acids are effective in helping the
digestive process, they can be very detrimental for those who
suffer from acid reflux disease.
Acid reflux disease and heart disease do share some of the same symptoms,
but with careful attention and the help of a health care
professional, you can determine which of these issues is causing
your chest pain.
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With either of these conditions, treatment options are not only
available, but are necessary to prevent more serious health
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