Before we plunge into understanding whether you have acid reflux or heart attack symptoms, let me start off by saying this:
If you’re experiencing chest pain or signs of a heart attack, seek medical help right away. Delay can put your life at risk, and I encourage you to call 911 immediately.
Having said that…
Let’s address the fact that, when you think about GERD, images that come to your mind may include…
- A person clutching his or her stomach in discomfort.
- A medication commercial featuring a fire-related theme.
- An ad that promises you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite foods.
Messages like these can lead you to think that acid reflux is mainly a gastric issue related to the foods you eat. The problem is, GERD can involve much more than a burning feeling in your stomach.
In fact, your GERD symptoms can masquerade as an oncoming heart attack. Keep on reading because, in this article, we’ll look at the similarities and differences between acid reflux and heart attack symptoms so you better understand this topic.
Let’s dive in…
Acid Reflux or Heart Attack: The Similarities in Symptoms
To begin with, both heart attacks and GERD have similar warning signs…which can be a bit unnerving.
For instance, whether you have acid reflux or a heart attack, you might experience chest pain. As Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., the editor in chief for the Harvard Health Letter, explains…
The nerves that carry pain signals from the esophagus also carry pain signals from the heart, since both the esophagus and heart are located in the chest.
In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reports an astounding statistic, noting that GERD “causes 22 to 66 percent of non-cardiac chest pain.”
However, chest pain isn’t the only symptom shared between these two health conditions. Both heart attacks and GERD also share symptoms such as nausea and shortness of breath.
In the midst of this confusion, the good news is, there are some ways to distinguish between a bout of acid reflux and a heart attack…
Acid Reflux or Heart Attack: The Differences in Symptoms
While GERD symptoms and heart attack symptoms do share some similarities, their outward signs aren’t identical.
For instance, in the case of a heart attack, a person might experience…
- Arm pain. As this physician at Everyday Health notes, arm pain isn’t typical for GERD.
- Lightheadedness. This is a tell-tale sign of a heart attack. According to Healthline, with GERD, acid reflux can travel up the esophagus, irritating the tubes that lead to the inner ear and creating dizziness. However, as the Texas Heart Institute explains, this is an “uncommon cause of dizziness.”
- Cold sweats. While Healthline reports that night sweats are a symptom of GERD, cold sweats can spell heart attack trouble.
(For more information on heart attacks, be sure to check out this resource from the American Heart Association.)
Tired of Thinking Your Acid Reflux Is a Heart Attack?
Maybe you’ve panicked—again and again—over false alarms…only to learn your GERD was to blame.
Maybe you can relate to Jill Moore.
As Jill explained, “Every time I took ambulance rides to the emergency room, I thought I was in cardiac arrest. But really, it was just my acid reflux, which controlled my life.”
Even though Jill took two pills a day (not to mention more medications to counteract the side effects of her prescription)…she wasn’t seeing results.
As Jill said, “I thought there was nothing I could do to eliminate my acid reflux.”
However, today, Jill no longer suffers from debilitating reflux like she once did…and she’s no longer making trips to the ER.
Instead of masking her symptoms, Jill took steps to naturally address her GERD and regain her health with my Cure Your Acid Reflux System—an approach designed to reverse acid reflux symptoms without harmful medications.
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