Acid Reflux (Heartburn); Common Signs & Emergency Symptoms

3) Emergency Symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease

According to research, acid reflux disease accounts for around 22 – 66% of the visit to emergency rooms for chest pain. The majority of patients take this condition as some sort of emergency related to the heart. It is due to the fact that the primary symptom of heart attack and acid reflux disease is the same; i.e., heartburn. As symptoms of this disease are usually similar enough, you should take them seriously and get yourself checked for more severe problems such as heart attack.

• Get a medical treatment in emergency instantly if you have:

  • heartburn which seems different or gets worsens than usual
  • Severe pain in the chest
  • A crushing, tightening and squeezing sensation in the chest.

Emergency care is also critical if the pain is felt during any physical activity or along with:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Pain extending towards the left arm, back, jaw, neck or shoulder
  • Difficulty in breathing

Other than a heart attack, acid reflux symptoms can signal other serious problems as well. Call 911 immediately if the color of your stool becomes tar black or maroon or if the color of your vomitus is bloody, black, or resembles coffee grounds. These are probably signs of bleeding in your stomach, often because of peptic ulcer disease.