Difference between Heart Attack or Heart Burn

Heart attack pain happens when one of the artery supplying to the heart become blocked and the blood supply reduces.

Angina is a similar chest pain caused when the arteries are narrowed by heart disease. Heartburn is a burning pain often felt in the upper belly or the lower chest and is caused by stomach acid going back up to the food pipe.

Heartburn and heart attack pain can be similar. If one is in doubt whether the pain is a heart attack they should always call for a doctor or an ambulance, if it is a heart attack from medical care can be lifesaving.


What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a symptom, not a disease. It is the sensation, usually of pain caused by burning due to acid reflux. Acid reflux is the content of the stomach splashing back up in the food pipe. Heartburn is not related to the heart in any way. The confusion comes from the location of the pain in the chest.

The stomach produces muscles to protect its lining from the acid that it uses to help with digestion. The food pipe lacks this protection, so acid reflux can damage its lining for many people, though acid reflux does not cause much damage, why people with acid reflux experience pain is not fully understood. Acid sensitivity in nerves may be involved in the causes of the pain.

Heartburn symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Bleaching

If the conditioning process for some time

  • Food sticks in the throat
  • There is difficulty in eating
  • Weight loss
  • There is blood in the stool
  • There is difficulty in breathing or swallowing


What is a heart attack?

A heart attack is an event caused by a disease in the coronary arteries which reduce the blood supplying to the blood vessels which keeps the heart alive with energy and oxygen.

When coronary artery disease stops the blood supply to the part of the heart muscle, this is called a heart attack.

A heart attack can lead to stopping of the heart. This is called a cardiac arrest and someone with cardiac arrest will have no pulse and will not be responsive. Doctors also use the term acute coronary syndrome or ACS to talk about Heart attack and other serious heart problems such as unstable angina.

Heart attack in most cases but not always happen with classic symptoms such as Chest pain that are often described as pressure, squeezing, heaviness, tightness, fullness, or ache.

Chest pain that feels like a very heavyweight crushing against the chest, whose pain may come and go but last for more than a few minutes may be a symptom of a heart attack.

Not all heart attacks give the same symptoms. They can be mild or severe and some people experience no symptoms at all. The chest pain or discomfort is usually central or central left but it might not be the case always. The pain can spread to other areas as well; it can also affect one or both arms, neck, or mid-back.

A heart attack often comes with other symptoms-

  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Be short of breath
  • Feelings sick or nauseous
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling very tired or lacking in energy
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded


What is angina?

Angina is a type of chest pain that is similar to the pain of a heart attack. Rather than the complete stoppage of supply of blood to the heart being caused by a coronary artery blockage, it is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels. People with angina are at great risk of having a heart attack, anyone who has angina should be under medical care and be alert to this risk.

The most common form of angina is temporary pain that goes away after rest or medication. This is called stable angina. Unstable angina raises the risk of a heart attack.

How to treat Heart attack or Angina?

There are various ways to treat heart attacks and angina. The first-line treatments for these are Bypass and angioplasty and both are invasive/surgical procedures.

A more Advanced Heart Treatment is called as Sevyam Treatment which is given in four steps: –

  • ECP / EECP
  • BCA / ACT
  • Medicine Management
  • Sevyam Lifestyle Management (SLIM)
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