Differentiating Heartburn From Angina Symptoms


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Differentiating heartburn from angina symptoms can be difficult, yet it's very important to be able to tell the difference.

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Differentiating Heartburn From Angina Symptoms

  1. 1. http://www.megavista-health.com/articles/health-condition-articles/heartburn-or-angina-symptoms Differentiating Heartburn from Angina Symptoms Megavista-Health.com
  2. 2. Basic Differences Between Heartburn and Angina <ul><li>Symptoms of heartburn and indigestion can mimic angina </li></ul><ul><li>Angina – chest pain caused by lack of blood flow to heart </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn is a burning sensation behind or below breastbone </li></ul><ul><li>Similar sensations </li></ul><ul><li>Important to be able to tell the difference </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is it serious? <ul><li>Angina requires medical attention </li></ul><ul><li>Can indicate a more serious condition </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn doesn’t typically require medical attention </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely urgent </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn is inconvenient and uncomfortable </li></ul><ul><li>Can lead to more serious conditions if frequent and occurring over long periods </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. ulcers, esophageal cancer </li></ul>
  4. 4. Heartburn Symptoms <ul><li>Burning sensation in the middle of the chest or directly below the breastbone </li></ul><ul><li>Responds to antacids, doesn’t radiate to arms or shoulders </li></ul><ul><li>The pain can travel up the neck </li></ul><ul><li>Can cause an acidic, salty or sour taste in the mouth and can sometimes cause regurgitation </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn is caused by the malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter </li></ul>
  5. 5. Physiological Processes <ul><li>Understanding the physiological process can aid in differentiating heartburn and angina symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Lower esophageal sphincter is like a lid </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps stomach acids contained </li></ul><ul><li>Malfunctioning LES can allow stomach acids to leak out </li></ul>
  6. 6. Angina Symptoms <ul><li>Pain in the chest </li></ul><ul><li>Less like burning </li></ul><ul><li>Travels to shoulders and arms </li></ul><ul><li>Tightness and pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath </li></ul><ul><li>Presence of these are a definite indication it is angina rather than heartburn </li></ul>
  7. 7. Heartburn as a Symptom of Angina <ul><li>Patients with angina may experience heartburn or indigestion as a symptom </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn is rarely the only symptom of angina </li></ul><ul><li>Heartburn along with other angina symptoms – seek immediate medical attention </li></ul>
  8. 8. Causes <ul><li>Angina can occur in response to stress </li></ul><ul><li>Often immediately following emotional outburst </li></ul><ul><li>Stress can contribute to heartburn </li></ul><ul><li>Angina – sudden onset immediately following high stress or emotional outburst </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learn More <ul><li>At Megavista Health, we focus on positive, holistic health and nutrition. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about differentiating heartburn and angina symptoms , so you can take proper control of your health by visiting: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.megavista-health.com/articles/health-condition-articles/heartburn-or-angina-symptoms </li></ul>