Sometimes people with indigestion also experience heartburn, but heartburn and indigestion are two separate conditions. Heartburn is a pain or burning feeling in the center of your chest that may radiate into your neck or back during or after eating. The bottom line is, unless you have significant risk factors for-or an existing diagnosis of-heart disease, the most likely culprit for your pain after that big celebration meal is heartburn. But if the pain is unfamiliar, and the cause is uncertain, call 9-1-1 immediately. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a more severe and chronic form of acid reflux.
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It can come on when you’re resting as well as when you’re active. Some people have other types of chest pain with it, for example discomfort that feels like indigestion, or a stabbing pain. Angina is when you have chest pain or an uncomfortable tight feeling in your chest. The pain and discomfort can sometimes spread to your arms, jaw, neck and back.
These help to lower your cholesterol level and prevent fatty deposits building up in the blood vessels in your heart. This could reduce your risk of experiencing angina in the future. There are other medicines that your doctor may suggest you try, which work in similar ways to those listed above.
In fact, research published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 42 per cent of women admitted to Accident & Emergency for heart attacks had no chest pain at all. Heart attack pain happens when one of the arteries supplying the heart becomes blocked. Angina is a similar chest pain caused when these arteries are narrowed by heart disease.
Evaluating Patients Who Have Chest Pain More Quickly. The NHLBI-sponsored Rule Out Myocardial Ischemia/Infarction by Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT II) study showed that cardiac CT scans can help emergency room personnel more quickly assess patients who have chest pain.
If your chest pain is centered beneath your breastbone, gets worse with exertion, improves with rest or radiates to both arms, it is more likely to be angina. Chest pain that gets worse when lying down or bending over is more likely to be caused by GERD.
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Again, if you are not sure seek medical attention immediately. The “textbook” heart attack involves sudden, crushing chest pain and difficulty breathing, often brought on by exertion. Many heart attacks don’t happen that way, though.
Typically, doctors screen for angina only when you have symptoms. However, your doctor may assess your risk factors for ischemic heart disease every few years as part of your regular office visits. If you have two or more risk factors, then your doctor may estimate the chance that you will develop ischemic heart disease, which may include angina, over the next 10 years. Ischemic heart disease often runs in families.
What to do if you have symptoms of an angina attack
Unstable angina is when the chest pain happens more easily. The discomfort is more severe than with stable angina and lasts for longer. It starts to happen when you’re resting.