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Pain and pressure in your chest caused by heartburn and reflux can feel like the pain of a heart attack or angina. Knowing the difference could save your life.
Chest pain, pressure, tightness or squeezing, lasting more than a few minutes
Chest pain is more likely heart trouble if you have risk factors
Most people get occasional heartburn, but frequent, chronic heartburn can damage the lining of your esophagus over time and increase your risks for serious health problems, including cancer.
Talk with your doctor about your symptoms or learn more about our Heartburn and Swallowing Disorders Clinic.
If you’re not sure if your chest pain is a heart attack or something else, don’t take any chances. Seek medical help right away and, if available, chew an aspirin. Quick medical intervention to open blocked arteries can minimize long-term damage to the heart muscle.
**Learn your risk for cardiovascular disease and what you can do to lower that risk: