Heart Attack  vs Heartburn:  How to Tell the Difference


Heart attack and heartburn are two different conditions that can cause similar symptoms, making it difficult to tell the difference.

Heart attack symptoms include chest pain or discomfort, pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach, shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Heartburn symptoms include a burning sensation in the chest, sour taste in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, and chest pain that improves with antacids.

Heart attack symptoms typically last longer than heartburn symptoms, and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as fainting, dizziness or severe weakness.

Heart attack pain can be relieved by rest or nitroglycerin, whereas heartburn pain is usually relieved by antacids or by standing up or sitting forward.

If you suspect you're experiencing a heart attack, it is important to call for medical attention immediately as a heart attack requires emergency medical attention.

Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux which can be treated with antacids, lifestyle changes or medications like proton pump inhibitors.