Am I Having a Heart Attack?

August 2, 2016 12:00 PM

Heart Attack Imposters

Any chest pain makes a person fear that a heart attack is looming. In many cases, particularly in men, sudden onset of chest pain is a classic marker for a heart in real trouble. Sometimes, however, those chest-area symptoms may actually be due to something else – other medical conditions can produce similar symptoms:

  • Indigestion or Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can produce chest pain severe enough to feel like a heart attack.
  • Gall stones can cause sudden, intense pain in the center chest area or between the shoulder blades, often a few hours after eating a fatty meal.
  • Muscle strains in the chest area can deceptively feel like heart related chest pain.
  • Pleurisy, that is, an inflammation in the chest linings surrounding the lungs, can often result in sharp chest pain and shortness of breath.

Don’t take a chance. Any chest pain should be evaluated. Seek medical help immediately. To make sure your heart is working as it should, see one of our skilled and experienced cardiologists.

Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325).


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