Heartburn Angina symptoms

It is hard to differentiate heartburn from angina. Or is there a difference between the two? What about heartburn angina symptoms? How do you know what you have and how would you treat it?

Most of the time when someone has chest pain the first thing they think of is that they are having a heart attack however it could also be a sign of indigestion or heartburn.

Heartburn is a burning sensation felt in the middle of the chest which is caused by acid reflux or stomach fluids that is in the lower part of the esophagus.

Angina is a chest pain caused when the heart muscle does not get enough blood oxygen.

While indigestion pain is centered in the chest or the sternum, angina pain may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, shoulders and back although it could feel like indigestion or heartburn.

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And while indigestion may not be too serious, angina could be a symptom of something bigger – as in CAD or coronary artery disease.

Heartburn angina symptoms could be mistaken as the one or another although there are major differences in both.

Heartburn or indigestion symptoms would be pain in the chest area, feeling of nausea or a sensation that either food or liquid is coming back up and acidic or bitter taste in the mouth. These symptoms are worst when lying down.

With angina the pain is more than a discomfort. The symptoms are described as: pressure or tightness of the chest. The pain starts in the chest and may radiate to the upper part of the body as in the arms, jaw, shoulders, throat and even the back.

The biggest difference with heartburn angina symptoms is that angina may also include the symptoms of: SOB or shortness of breath, sweating, light headedness, nausea, fatigue, and lack of energy or weakness.

Knowing the difference between heartburn angina symptoms will help determine the best treatment. Patients suffering from indigestion usually know what triggers the indigestion and patients who experience angina pain will soon realize that indigestion does not include radiating pain to the rest of the body.

The biggest difference between heartburn angina symptoms would be that heartburn is mostly caused by the food eaten whereas angina is caused either by: exercise or physical exertion, emotions, heavy meals, smoking and even extreme temperatures.

After a few episodes of stable angina – symptoms occur in a pattern, patients learn to be more aware of angina pain. However, it is important to note that should there be a difference in the pattern, i.e. occurrence is more frequent, lasts longer, pain is worse, occurs even without any exertion or that the pain does not go away after resting or after taking the medication. Go see your doctor right away.

If you are suffering from indigestion usually antacids will help relieve the symptoms. Or, you can also try some natural home remedies such as mixing baking soda in a glass of water or even ginger capsules to help settle the stomach or perhaps have a cup of tea with ginger.

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