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Can a heart attack seem like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux?

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Call 911 if: The person has possible heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath, flushed sweating, nausea or vomiting, or arm or jaw pain. Heart attacks can be mistaken for GERD.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Call 911 -- Before It’s Too Late,” “Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease.”

Merck Manual: “Acute Coronary Syndromes.”

Chest Pain Information from eMedicineHealth:

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Call 911 -- Before It’s Too Late,” “Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease.”

Merck Manual: “Acute Coronary Syndromes.”

Chest Pain Information from eMedicineHealth:

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 24, 2018

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