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Heartburn is sometimes accompanied by symptoms of shortness of breath. However, these symptoms are also experienced by people with heart attacks. Therefore, it is important to be able to distinguish shortness of breath due to an ulcer from shortness of breath due to a heart attack
Heartburn or dyspepsia is pain and tenderness in the pit of the stomach or the stomach feels uncomfortable after eating. This condition can be caused by acid reflux disease, stomach ulcers, inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), smoking, frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages or spicy and fatty foods.
Indigestion due to heartburn can cause several symptoms, one of which is shortness of breath or heavy breathing. However, this symptom can also indicate a dangerous condition, namely a heart attack.
Carefully Recognizing Ulcer Symptoms
Dyspepsia or heartburn can be experienced by men and women, both adults and children. Ulcer sufferers usually feel pain around the upper abdomen (heartburn) or chest.
These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, full stomach, and lots of burping. Some people with ulcers feel it after eating and some when it's too late to eat.
Shortness of breath due to ulcers occurs when stomach acid rises up the esophagus and into the throat and lungs, so that the respiratory tract swells and causes difficulty breathing. This condition is one of the symptoms that must be treated by a doctor immediately.
In addition, treatment steps also need to be taken immediately if the symptoms of heartburn that appear are severe, last a long time, or are accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Vomiting (especially vomiting blood)
- Cold sweat
- Weight loss
- No appetite
- Yellow eyes or skin
- Stool color is darker
Beware of Life-threatening Shortness of Breath
In people with heart attacks, shortness of breath is usually accompanied by a very strong pain in the chest. This pain is characterized by a heavy feeling in the chest, such as pressure or squeezing.
This pain and pressure can also spread to the upper abdomen, shoulders, back, throat, arms, and jaw. In addition, shortness of breath in a heart attack is also accompanied by an irregular heartbeat or faster than usual.
Shortness of breath that occurs due to a heart attack is a dangerous condition that needs to be treated by a doctor immediately. If treated too late, a heart attack can lead to death.
Some of the symptoms of heartburn are similar to the symptoms of a heart attack. Therefore, these complaints need to be immediately examined by a doctor so that the cause can be ascertained.
In addition to ulcers and heart attacks, shortness of breath can also be caused by COVID-19 or Corona virus infection, especially if shortness of breath appears along with symptoms of cough and fever.
Shortness of breath due to an ulcer, due to a heart attack, or other conditions should not be underestimated. If you are unsure about your symptoms or if they are getting worse, please visit a hospital or doctor so they can be treated as soon as possible.