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    Heartburn - Check Your Symptoms

    Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

    • You passed out (lost consciousness).
    • You vomit blood or what looks like coffee grounds.
    • You pass maroon or very bloody stools.
    • You have chest pain or pressure. This may occur with:
      • Sweating.
      • Shortness of breath.
      • Nausea or vomiting.
      • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw, or one or both shoulders or arms.
      • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
      • A fast or uneven pulse.
      After calling 911, chew 1 adult-strength aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.

    Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

    • You have severe belly pain.
    • Your stools are black and tarlike or have streaks of blood.
    • You have trouble swallowing.
    • You are losing weight and do not know why.

    Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

    • You do not get better as expected.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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