Heartburn or Heart Attack? Three Signs to Watch For

Heartburn, which may refer to a burning sensation in the chest or the throat, is usually not serious. When it occurs regularly, it is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and you should see your doctor to get appropriate treatment. Chest pain is something that can be caused by a number of medical conditions, not all of which mean there is something wrong with your heart.

While it would be foolish (and possibly life-threatening) to try to self-diagnose, there are three signs you should be watching out for that tend to indicate that the problem is related to your heart:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Palpitations
  3. Sweating

Any of these signs mean that you need to see a doctor, and it’s always a better choice to get checked out and find out it was heartburn than to ignore a more serious condition.