Heart attack or heartburn?

Heart attack or heartburn?

It's a sudden pain in your chest so severe that you're convinced you're having a heart attack, and yet it turns out to only be heartburn. 

That may be good news by comparison, but if left untreated heartburn can lead to more serious health problems.

Typically, an episode of heartburn feels like a burning sensation in your chest and a bitter taste in your mouth, while a heart attack is more like significant pressure against your chest.  But when it's happening it can be hard to make that distinction.

To be able to help with the heartburn, it is best to know what is causing your heartburn in the first place. Being able to switch out certain habits or foods is a great way to reduce the chance of heartburn.

Check out Angie's List's Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic to see five common causes of heartburn as well as when to see a doctor.

However, if you are still suffering, and over-the-counter medication is not doing the trick, then medical attention should be seeked immediately. After talking with your primary care physician, search for the most highly-recommended gastroenterologists in Dallas to assess the problem will put you on track to receive the best treatment. Just because it is not a heart attack does not mean that it should be ignored.

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