It can be difficult for a regular person to tell the difference between an attack of heartburn and a heart attack. Yet, it is essential that you know one from another because it can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some of the most common differences of the two.
• Is a burning sensation that is felt below your breastbone
• This sensation may move toward your throat
• If you touch the area in which you feel the sensation it may go away
• The sensation may come and go
• The pain may last for a few minutes or a few hours
• It will most commonly come on after a big meal.
The most common symptoms of heartburn are:
• Difficulty swallowing
• Crushing pressure or pain in your chest area
• The pain or pressure may begin to move to your back, neck, arms or even jaw areas
• You can’t touch the pain
• The pain will not go away (without medical help)
• A heart attack can come on at any time but is more common in the mornings
The most common symptoms of heart attacks are:
• Cold sweats
• Shortness of breath
What are you to do if you can’t tell the difference between a heart burn attack and a heart attack?
Assume it is a heart attack and take no chances. Take a baby aspirin. This may help stop the attack or lessen it. Then promptly seek medical help.
If your attack is more severe than normal or is associated with any of the symptoms that goes along with a heart attack, assume that it may be a heart attack. It is always advisable to be cautious when it comes to your health.
ABC, WSYX Columbus, Ohio