Heartburn - a burning sensation in the chest that can extend to the neck, throat, and face. It is the primary symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which is the movement of stomach acid into the esophagus. On rare occasions, it is due to gastritis (stomach lining inflammation).

Common Heartburn Symptoms

Other Illnesses with Similar Symptoms

Heartburn is the symptom of acid reflux and GERD. However, not everyone with acid reflux has heartburn and not everyone with heartburn has acid reflux.

The symptom of heartburn can also be caused by other unusual things such as intestinal motility problems.

Cardiac problems can also mimic heartburn and you should not confuse the two. Unexplained chest pain should be evaluated by an exercise stress test or EKG prior to an evaluation for gastrointestinal problems.

Is It Heartburn or a Heart Problem?

Chest pains are usually interpreted as symptoms of a heart attack while it is often just symptoms of severe heartburn. Possible signs of heartburn that could be mistaken for a heart attack:

Possible signs of angina (severe pain in chest area) or heart attack: Note: pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or any warning signs of a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention.

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