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Am I having heartburn or a heart attack?

Heartburn is miserable. A heart attack can be deadly. 

If you're not sure if your chest pain is a heart attack or something else, don't take any chances. Call 911 and, if available, chew an aspirin. Quick medical intervention to open blocked arteries can minimize long-term damage to your heart. 

When you experience pain and pressure in your chest, knowing the difference can save your life. 

Symptoms of a heart attack

Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, pressure, tightness or squeezing that lasts more than a few minutes. They may spread to your back, neck, jaw, stomach, shoulders or arms and be more noticeable during physical activity or extreme stress.

You may also have:

  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Sweating
  • Light-headedness, dizziness or feel faint
  • Indigestion, nausea or vomiting
  • Irregular pulse
  • Unusual fatigue or weakness
  • Tingling in the hands or feet

Chest pain is more likely heart trouble if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Smoke
  • Are overweight/obese
  • Have high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Have had a previous heart attack or heart disease
Minutes count, so call 9-1-1

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.

Symptoms of heartburn

Heartburn symptoms include a burning sensation and pain in your chest. They may last a few minutes or several hours. You likely have heartburn if:

  • There’s a sour/unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • The pain starts after eating fatty or spicy foods, or a large meal 
  • The pain is worse when lying down or bending over 

 

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