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Differentiating Gastric Pain from A Heart Problem

13 July 2023 5 mins read

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Learn more about how to differentiate symptoms of gastric pain versus heart-related conditions. However, if you are unsure whether it is heartburn or an impending heart attack, seek emergency medical help.

Symptoms of Gastric Pain or A Heart Problem

Sometimes, we could be confused by the symptoms of gastric pain versus heart-related conditions. However, there are some ways to differentiate the two conditions.

It is perfectly normal to pass gas between 10 to 20 times in a day. It is also understandable if you are worried about having chest pains after a heavy meal. However, there are slight differences between the feeling of a heart attack, heartburn, and gastric problems.

Understanding Gastric Pain

Gastric pain or abdominal pain typically originates in the digestive system. It can occur due to overeating or certain gastrointestinal conditions like gastritis, acid reflux, etc.

Typically, gas causes bloating, burping, knotted stomach, and sharp pains that suddenly come and go. If the pain that you are having subsides after you belch or pass gas, then you could just be experiencing stomach pain or heartburn.

Understanding a Heart Attack

If abdominal pain persists and it is accompanied by shortness of breath or nausea, it could be a heart-related condition. Symptoms of a heart attack include cold sweat, palpitations, light-headedness, nausea or vomiting, pain in your upper body, arms, and shortness of breath.

Symptoms of a heart attack typically worsen during physical activities, whereas symptoms of heartburn or a gastric problem are usually unrelated to physical activities.

Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack here.

Book an appointment at Pantai Hospitals

If you have persistent chest pain and you are unsure if it is heartburn or an impending heart attack, seek emergency medical help. Just remember that the pain does not have to last a long time to be a warning sign.

In emergency cases, call the Accident & Emergency or Ambulance Service at Pantai Hospitals immediately. If you are trained in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), continue giving chest compressions until emergency service is available.

Get in touch with us to find out more about Gastroenterology and Cardiology services at your nearest Pantai Hospital. The caring and multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals are available for consultation and to provide the best care.

Pantai Hospital Malaysia is accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) for its commitment to patient safety and service quality.