Burning Chest Pain in Women: Heartburn or Heart Attack?
little heartburn may come after a big, greasy meal. But could that burning chest pain be a heart attack? Recognizing the differences between the two may help save your life. Read on to learn the symptoms, risk factors and triggers of each, and how to treat and prevent them...
In the middle of dinner, you feel a sharp or burning chest pain. Is it a heart attack – or severe heartburn?
The pain may feel similar, but the potential consequences are a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, too often women ignore the pain, making a potentially fatal mistake.
About 12 million Americans get heartburn once a month, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. More than 10,000 women ages 29-44 have a heart attack each year.
“People often confuse the symptoms of a heart attack and heartburn,” says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City and author ofDr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health (Ballantine Books).“Unfortunately, they usually think they have heartburn instead of a heart attack – this can be a tragic mistake.”
Both heartburn and a heart attack cause a feeling of pressure and a gnawing or burning sensation in the chest. But that’s where the similarity ends.
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