How can i tell if my pain is Angina or Indigestion?

You are having pain in your chest and it is quite severe. Is this pain angina or indigestion? You have taken an antacid tablet but the pain has not eased. If the antacid is not helping you should call an ambulance or get to the nearest hospital fast. There are times when you cannot tell if the pain is angina or indigestion. It is far better to be safe and go to the hospital to be checked out. Early detection of a heart problem could save you from severe problems down the road. If tests reveal you were having an acute attack of indigestion, then you may need a prescribed medication.

On the other hand, if you are having a heart attack, the hospital and access to the finest health care, round the clock, is the best place to be. Many lives have been saved and improved by early detection of clogged arteries. It is far better to have a stint put in your artery to solve the problem of a clog, than it is to wait and need open heart surgery.

If you are not sure whether you are having angina or indigestion, you should think about this: the most common sign or symptom of Coronary Heart Disease is angina or chest pain. Sometimes this pain may not be in your chest. For some this pain is in the left or right arm, the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or upper back. Heart attack symptoms include a feeling of tightness in the chest, pressure and squeezing, burning or other discomfort in the chest. When the symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath or a feeling you may faint, you should suspect a heart attack and get help fast.

Those who have risk factors such as: smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, are overweight or have a family history of heart disease, should suspect it is angina and not indigestion.