Severe Heartburn Feels Like Heart Attack

Frequently Asked Questions

    Can a heart attack cause your nails to turn purple?
    Is it like automatic that if you have a heart attack that the person's fingernails will turn purple or can this be caused by something else?

    • ANSWER:
      A heart attack or myocardial infarction can do this, but many other things can also, particularly in the absence of chest pain, diaphoresis (sweating) and severe heartburn) Almost nothing in an MI is "automatic" because symptoms can vary depending upon the location of the blockage and which coronary artery is affected. In addition, some patients feel little pain, and others suffer heartburn and slight dizziness only. Women especially may have atypical symptoms, sometimes only throat or shoulder pain.
      Fingers turning purple can be anything from being cold, to suffering Raynaud's phenomenon, to having a vascular disorder or to smoking. Smoking constricts blood vessels and can diminish the blood supply to the heart, kidneys, and also to the fingers on occasion.
      Best wishes.

    What does it feel like to have a heart attack?
    Not that I want that to ever happen. But is it true it feels like an elephant sitting on your chest? I've had sharp intermittant pains in my chest before, but just chalked it up to gas.

    • ANSWER:
      My 51 year old father just had a heart attack, which lead to a double bypass and his carotid artery had to be cleaned up a bit. Sometime during his surgery or shortly into his recovery he suffered a major stroke and is now paralyzed on the left side. Currently he is still in the CVICU as he has been for the last 7 days. We are waiting for him to wake up.

      His signs werent that noticeable. All he really complained about was heartburn and a pain in his left elbow. We have also concluded that his failing eye sight might have also been a sign. My uncle, his brother, who has also suffered a heart attack has said that those 3 things were really the only signs he had of a heart attack as well.

      I think that each person is different. However, I know that it is not at all what they portray on tv, there is no severe chest pain where they grab their chest and fall to the floor. We were thinking the arm pain would have been a pain that extended down the entire length of the arm, like a sharp throbbing pain, however it was only a constant pain in his elbow. The decrease in vision was from the blockage in his arteries which allowed less blood flow to his eyes.

      Either way, proper attention and care is always best. If youre around the age that is most commonly affected by heart attack, seek out a doctor who is knowledgeable. Its best to get started on taking care of yourself before its too late.

    Is chest pain that feels like heartburn a sign of upcoming heart attack?
    I have been under a great deal of stress this week. I have been having chest pains one and off for about three days now. Today it is really bad. It hurts in the middle of my chest and feels like heart burn. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      If you walk fast the stairway few times and dont have chest pain or any discomfort, then can temporarily rule out the heart disease.

      Sleep with high pillow, or increase the height of head bed with 2 big books to ease heartburn.

      Homecare for heart burn:

      If Zantac or antiacid cant help anything then go to ER Immediately, no choice, because you need anti-biotics for severe heartburn too to avoid complex health problem.

      Good luck.

    Why does my acid reflux feel like chest pain?
    Its almost like a heart attack. I've been to the doctor and I do take medicine but I just wondered why it hurts so bad. Its a dull pain right at the base of my sternum.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

      Three part answer information, what not to do, and what to do!

      I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, or can be Hereditary

      The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

      WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
      In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

      Fatty Foods
      Citrus Foods
      Foods That Contain Grease
      Fried Foods
      Chocolate (including any Coco)
      Tomato Based Products

      WHAT TO DO!!!!
      The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
      On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
      On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

      I would also look to putting Cinnamon in you diet, it has been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

    What are the symptoms of a future heart attack?
    I'm only 25 but I've been feeling alot of stress this week. I've been having heart palpatations and a "heavy" or "tension" feeling in my chest, upper back, and left shoulder, and sometimes upper left arm as well. I've been trying to relax. also sometimes when I breathe my chest feels a little tight or constricted.

    How serious are these symptoms? They are not quite as bad as they were yesterday. Should I just try some exercise today?

    • ANSWER:
      Heart Attack Symptoms and Early Warning Signs:

      Heart attack is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year, about 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack, and 460,000 of these are fatal. Most of the deaths from heart attacks are caused by ventricular fibrillation of the heart that occurs before the victim of the heart attack can reach an emergency room. Those who reach the emergency room have an excellent prognosis; survival from a heart attack with modern treatment should exceed 90%. The 1% to 10% of heart attack victims who die later include those victims who suffer major damage to the heart muscle initially or who suffer additional damage at a later time. Fortunately, procedures such as coronary angiogram and PTCA (coronary balloon angioplasty), and clot dissolving drugs are available that can quickly open blocked arteries in order to restore circulation to the heart and limit heart muscle damage. In order to optimally benefit heart attack victims and limit the extent of heart damage, these treatments to open blocked arteries should be given early during a heart attack.

      Knowing the early warning signs of heart attack is critical for prompt recognition and treatment. Many heart attacks start slowly, unlike the dramatic portrayal often seen in the movies. A person experiencing a heart attack may not even be sure of what is happening. Heart attack symptoms vary among individuals, and even a person who has had a previous heart attack may have different symptoms in a subsequent heart attack. Although chest pain or pressure is the most common symptom of a heart attack, heart attack victims may experience a diversity of symptoms that include:

      * Pain, fullness, and/or squeezing sensation of the chest
      * Jaw pain, toothache, headache
      * Shortness of breath
      * Nausea, vomiting, and/or general epigastric (upper middle abdomen) discomfort
      * Sweating
      * Heartburn and/or indigestion
      * Arm pain (more commonly the left arm, but may be either arm)
      * Upper back pain
      * General malaise (vague feeling of illness)
      * No symptoms (Approximately one quarter of all heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms. Silent heart attacks are especially common among patients with diabetes mellitus)

      Even though the symptoms of a heart attack at times can be vague and mild, it is important to remember that heart attacks producing no symptoms or only mild symptoms can be just as serious and life-threatening as heart attacks that cause severe chest pain. Too often patients attribute heart attack symptoms to "indigestion," "fatigue," or "stress," and consequently delay seeking prompt medical attention. One cannot overemphasize the importance of seeking prompt medical attention in the presence of symptoms that suggest a heart attack. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives, and delays in reaching medical assistance can be fatal. A delay in treatment can lead to permanently reduced function of the heart due to more extensive damage to the heart muscle. Death also may occur as a result of the sudden onset of arrhythmias such as ventricular fibrillation.

      What should you do if you experience these symptoms? Doctors agree that if you re in doubt, get checked out anyway. Even if you re not sure if something is really wrong, you should call 9-1-1 if you experience heart attack symptoms. Prompt administration of drugs can help restore circulation to the heart and increase your chances of survival.

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