You may feel slight chest pain or at times burning sensation after a heavy meal that you had or during days when you aren’t able to pay attention to your diet. These stinging or tightening feeling in the chest is most of the times the result of acid reflux or heartburn and gastric issues.

On the other hand, these signs are not always because of such minor health concerns. At times, it might be your heart or other cardiac concerns, which result in the painful feeling in your chest as well. If that is the case then lack of attention may lead to fatal consequences.

This is the reason that, be it a burning sensation or pain in your chest, you should consult your doctor. Because every safety measure is better than suffering a loss. Besides, here’s what you need to know about the differences between heartburn and heart attack:


When heartburn is considered, it is not a disease in itself, but a sign linked to poor digestion. Heartburn is the burning sensation, which happens because of the acidity or acid reflux in your digestive tract. Essentially, the acid that is present in your stomach comes up to your esophagus or food pipe, making you feel a burning sensation.

It majorly happens because the lining of the stomach is protected. However, the lining of the food pipe is neither thick nor protected, so when the acid comes up your food pipe, it creates the stinging feeling. For some, it can also culminate in pain which is the reason it is confused with a heart attack.

Some other symptoms also include:

  1.    Nausea
  2.    Stomach bloating
  3.    Extreme burping
  4.    Bitter taste in the mouth
  5.    Belching
  6.    It may create problems in sleeping if you have eaten within a couple of hours of going to bed

A heartburn is frequently misunderstood as a heart attack because it starts from the upper abdomen and leads up to the chest.

Heart Attack:

Heartburn is not really a serious health issue and can be treated easily. On the other hand, however, a heart attack is one of the most serious conditions that can even result in death. Therefore, the more you know about heart-related concerns the better.

The major symptom that is known as a common knowledge entails the tightening feeling in your chest or chest pain. However, this is not the limit to the symptoms related to heart attack. Unlike heartburn, a heart attack is a disease caused by a blocked artery or arteries. Hence, knowing about it is important.

As a heart attack happens due to the blocked arteries, it results in the lack of the supply of blood to the heart. If the patient is not given timely attention and treatment, a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest, a condition in which the heart stops and results in death.

Some important heart attack symptoms include:

  1.    Chest pain that is often felt as squeezing or tightening in the chest
  2.    Nausea and heartburn that is why it’s usually mistaken as indigestion
  3.    Extreme sweating
  4.    Shortness in breathing
  5.    Lightheadedness
  6.    Vomiting is also a prominent symptom, especially, in the case of a severe heart attack

It is also important to understand that when heartburn is considered the symptom, it will probably occur after a meal. But a heart attack can happen at any time. Moreover, until it’s heartburn, it can be taken care of by taking medication. However, a heart attack can’t be treated at home.

These symptoms and differences show how heart attack and heartburn are two different conditions with a different level of severity. However, the majority of the times, both the conditions are confused, not only by the patient but even by the physicians. This is the reason that rushing to the emergency is a wise step.