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Is heartburn associated with ischemia?

Related Topics: Heartburn, Ischemia
 

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The short answer is: No. But this deserves a bit more discussion.

Heartburn is a pain that you feel around mid-chest and is caused by acid moving back up into the esophagus from the stomach. This pain often will go away when you take an antacid product, such as a chewable tablet, like Tums or Rolaids, or a liquid product like Maalox. Despite its name, heartburn does not involve the heart.

Ischemia is a condition in which body tissue doesn't get enough oxygen, usually due to decreased blood flow. The term ischemia is often applied to the heart muscle, but ischemia can happen to any muscle or even the brain. When the heart suffers from ischemia, it can trigger a pain response, which is called "angina." This pain also occurs mid-chest, like heartburn, so it can sometimes be tricky figuring out if chest pain is a result of stomach acid (heartburn) or ischemia.

The two conditions (heartburn and ischemia) have different underlying sources and are not related, except in terms of causing pain in the chest.

I hope this helps!

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