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What will happen if I go to the ER for a heart attack but it's indigestion?

If you come into the emergency room (ER) with heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain, but it's indigestion, ER doctors will perform tests to determine what is causing your chest pain. They may perform an electrocardiogram (EKG), a chest x-ray or blood tests, and then say “We have good news. It doesn’t look like it’s your heart, it looks like it may just be indigestion.”

ER doctors see more people die from indigestion, which really turned out to be a heart attack that they should have been in the emergency department for. You should never be criticized for coming to the ER with what might have been a life-threatening event.

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