Although symptoms of heart attacks can be varied, those who experience cardiac pain tend to find it occurs in the centre or left side of the chest. Furthermore, cardiac pain is more likely to spread to other parts of your body, including your back, shoulders, neck and arms – particularly, the top of your left arm. The pain also tends to be a deep, constantly severe, and tight sensation, whereas the pain from GERD is generally sharper and harsher when inhaling.
Other symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Numbness, especially in left arm or shoulder.
If you do suspect you are experiencing a heart attack, you should seek immediate medical attention.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT HEARTBURN, ACID REFLUX AND GERD?
Fortunately, heartburn, acid reflux and GERD symptoms can often be managed with simple lifestyle changes or over-the-counter medications, such as Rennie.
A few small lifestyle changes you can make to help manage your GERD symptoms include: