Heartburn or Chest Pain? Here’s How to Tell the Difference

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It can be difficult to distinguish between heartburn pain and chest pain caused by a more sinister, cardiac problem. Both heartburn and cardiac pain can come on suddenly and cause discomfort in the chest; however, there are ways to distinguish between the two pains. In fact, heartburn is not actually related to the heart, while other types of chest pain can be a sign of cardiac problems.

If you are not sure what is causing a persistent chest pain, call 911 for emergency medical assistance.