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Heartburn Vs. Heart Attack: Make Sure You Know The Difference
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on November 28, 2013 @ 11:20PM
Created on November 28, 2013 @ 3:18PM

Local doctors and nurses said every year on Thanksgiving night and the day after, they get a few more patients coming through the emergency room with chest pains than usual.

On this special day, many people tend to eat as much as they possibly can and since you may not be used to eating that much, you may not feel like yourself afterwards. One of the main symptoms besides bloating and having a stomach ache is chest pains.  But if you do get them Thursday night or Friday, it's most likely just heartburn or indigestion, not a heart attack. That's because heartburn is usually caused by overeating or eating foods you may not usually eat like spicy or fried foods.

If your symptoms get worse when you lay down, try taking Tums or a medicine like that and it should help. A local ER doctor said a heart attack on the other hand is a crushing pain on your chest caused by something else.  

"Most of the time it's associated with exertion. If you get up, if you're going up your stairs, if you're out shoveling snow, if you're out doing strenuous activity and you have pain associated with that in your chest or shortness of breath, you should seek medical care and have an evaluation," said Dr. Chris Goode, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at United Hospital Center.

Dr. Goode stressed if you have a previous medical history, don't hesitate to get help when having chest pains.


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