Dr Oz did a segment on Heartburn Symptoms & Heartburn Triggers, which he then followed up with a discussion of how to tell if you have Heartburn or a Heart Attack. Doctor Oz said that of course the consequences could be a matter of life or death. Heart attacks block blood from going to your heart, while Heartburn is a digestive issue, but people can confuse Heartburn and Heart Attacks.
Heart Attack Pain vs Heartburn Pain
Dr Oz said that where the pain occurs is a good clue as to whether you are having Heartburn or a Heart Attack. Heart Attack pain generally is felt as pressure in your chest and may move to your back, neck, arms and jaw. Dr Oz said it is commonly found in your left shoulder. Heart Burn Pain is a burning irritation felt beneath the breastbone and it may move into your throat.
Dr Oz said that if you are even not sure if you are having a heart attack or heartburn, or if you cannot reposition yourself to make yourself feel better, then you should seek medical help immediately. A few more tips Dr Oz provided is that with a Heart Attack, the pain may never end whereas with GI pain it can come and go. Heartburn can last minutes or hours but the pain will resolve itself.
Heart Attack Symptoms vs Heartburn Symptoms
The symptoms for a Heart Attack include cold sweats, dizziness and shortness of breath. Whereas Dr Oz said that Heartburn Symptoms are often difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and a cough (all of which are caused by acid going up your esophagus).
Again, just like Dr Oz said, if there is any chance you are having a heart attack, seek help immediately!