• Carmela Milbourne Carmela Milbourne
    July 05, 2008
    What's the difference in chest pains caused by gas and pain caused by a heart attack?
    Carmela Milbourne Carmela Milbourne
    July 05, 2008

    Last night I was having pains in my chest that radiated through my back. The only way to ease them was to sit up. I felt nausated and sweaty once the symptoms went away, but I went back to bed. Was that a sign of a heart attack? I thought it was gas.



  • Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    July 05, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    Health Guide
    July 05, 2014
    Hi Carmela,
    Heart attack symptoms are very difficult to distinguish from gas pain, so any chest pain -- particularly when accompanied by sweating or nausea -- should be checked out at an emergency room immediately. Heart attacks can mimic many conditions, including gas, indigestion, and reflux. Here's a more comprehensive list of heart attack symptoms:
    Remember:  any chest pain should be checked by a doctor immediately.
    Good luck!


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