How to distinguish between holiday heartburn and heart attack

November 23rd, 2008 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Feasting on a high-fat, carbohydrate-filled meal followed by a generous slice of pumpkin pie on a holiday often triggers a burning sensation in the chest. This temporary feeling is mostly dismissed as heartburn, however, according to scientists, it might be a heart attack.

Researchers suggest that the pain in the chest might not be heartburn but can be a heart attack. The symptoms are similar, but the health consequences differ dramatically.

We see people in the Emergency Room who think they are only having severe heartburn or experiencing the flu when they are actually having a heart attack, said Nick Zenarosa, M.D., emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Centre at Dallas.

In order to detect whether its a heart attack Dr. Zenarosa suggests to keep in mind the certain symptoms.

A heart attack often indicates breaking into a cold sweat, pain moving from the chest into the jaw, shoulder or arms followed by an increase in pain when you exert yourself

The symptoms are often accompanied by rapid onset of fatigue, shortness of breath, slow or no response of symptoms to antacids and nausea and possible vomiting. The sufferer also turns pale.

The signs of a heart attack can be subtle, particularly in women. (ANI)

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