You may not know if heartburn is a heart attack in disguise. People with heartburn can be having a heart attack, and people having a heart attack, may experience heartburn. Distinguishing between the two is difficult. Pay attention to when the attack occurs and how you feel. If you are getting it 30 to 45 minutes after a meal, it is probably heartburn. Heart attacks often occur with activity or exertion and many people have a feeling of impending doom when they are having a heart attack.
Symptoms of a heart attack include the following:
• Sudden pressure, tightening, squeezing or crushing chest pain
• Pain that radiates to the back, neck, jaw, shoulders or arms,
particular the left side
• Shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea or stomach pain