Heartburn or Heart Attack? What’s the Difference?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a common condition in which the stomach’s contents travel back up into the esophagus, often resulting in chest pain, cough, sore throat and laryngitis. However, GERD and other gastrointestinal conditions often mimic heart attack symptoms. Properly understanding these conditions will help ensure your peace of mind.

According to the American Heart Association’s Heartbun or Heart Attack, “Heartburn is a common condition that’s caused by stomach acid rising up into your esophagus. This can cause chest pain that sometimes radiates to your neck, throat or jaw.”

A common heart attack symptom, patients frequently suffer from an immediate, crushing chest pain and difficulty breathing. However, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person. Warning signs include:

  • Chest pressure, tightness or aching sensation that may spread to your arms
  • Sharp abdominal pain
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Cold sweat

If chest pain persists and you are unsure, seek medical attention immediately.

Are you currently suffering from GERD? Regional Gi’s board-certified team of gastrointestinal physicians will see you — and treat you — as an individual. Our staff specializes in treating you well and truly caring about your health. Please contact us for more information.