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How can you distinguish between acid reflux [gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)] and a heart attack?
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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or ‘heartburn’ can sometimes cause sudden intense chest pain similar to that of the heart attack. It can be hard to distinguish between the two. Typically, heartburn will be after food and the symptoms will reduce on belching and there may be a sour acidic taste in the mouth because of acid reflux (especially when lying down), whereas the pain of heart attack may be associated with sweating, dizziness, and/or shortness of breath. However, it is better to seek immediate medical attention if not sure.
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