Heartburn can mimic a heart attack
The symptoms of heartburn can be similar to those of a heart attack or angina—a crushing type of chest pain that is caused by decreased blood flow to the heart. There are some rules of thumb for differentiating between heartburn and a heart attack. For instance, heartburn typically gets worse when lying down and can leave a sour taste in your mouth. However, there are exceptions. “Even experienced physicians can’t always tell the difference from the symptoms,” says Albert Wu, MD, director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. “That’s why if you have persistent chest pain and aren’t sure what it’s from, you should call 911 or go to the emergency room.” Here are the lifesaving ways to tell the difference between a heart attack and heartburn.
Your heartburn could actually be gallstones
Gallstones are pieces of hardened digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder, a small organ to the right of your abdomen. A gallstone blocking your bile duct can cause cramping in the middle or upper-right side of your abdomen. Often, the pain occurs just after eating—similar with heartburn. If you are having consistent stomach pain after eating that doesn’t approve after taking an antacid, contact your physician. These are the 8 foods gastroenterologists try to never eat!