How to identify heartburn?
To learn how to identify heartburn, you must first be aware that heartburn is a symptom and not a disorder. If you have heartburn, then you most likely have acid reflux, the most common trigger of heartburn.
Acid reflux happens when acid backs up in your esophagus resulting in that burning sensation called heartburn. If acid reflux lasts for more than 2 weeks, then it becomes a digestive disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Apart from the duration, if it causes bothersome symptoms or damage to the esophagus then it becomes GERD.
Heartburn can also be mistaken for a more serious health emergency like a heart attack. Chest pain is one of the most common heartburn symptoms, however, the pain that you get from heartburn is quite similar to a heart attack. It can be very similar; that doctors need to conduct extensive tests to rule out a heart attack.
If you suffer from chest pain, it is best to call for an emergency so you can get immediate medical care.
To further know how to identify heartburn, here are other health conditions that give off the same burning chest pain sensation:
Chest pain or discomfort as a result of insufficient blood flow to the heart.
If gallstones obstruct your bile duct, then you would most likely feel a sharp pain on the upper or upper-right side of your abdomen.
This pain is more excruciating than heartburn and can’t be relieved by an antacid.
The sores in the lining of your stomach can cause a lasting stinging sensation in your upper abdomen. You might need an antibiotic to treat a stomach ulcer if it’s caused by a bacterial infection. For a short time relief, an antacid can get the job done.
A hiatal hernia occurs when a part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. The symptoms of hiatal hernia include burping, nausea, acid reflux, and chest pain or discomfort, which are similar to the symptoms of heartburn.