Is It Acid Chest Pains Or Heart Attack?
You are experiencing acid chest pains, it seems like someone is tearing your heart out and you wonder if this is it. You think your time has come and you haven't even made a Will yet!
You are definitely sure you are having a heart attack and somebody should call 911. Only if you knew this has got nothing to do with your heart, of course you wouldn't have panicked.
Acid chest pains and symptoms of a heart attack can sometimes feel very much alike so it will be wise to know the underlying difference and be able determine when to seek emergency medical help.
If the chest pains seem worse, or occurs during physical activity and you begin to feel shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, and sweating, or if the pain radiates to your shoulder and arm, then there is cause for alarm. These are common signs of a heart attack and an emergency help should be sought right away.
If your chest pain is not related to a heart disease, it most likely is caused by a strain of the chest muscles or other digestive disorders such as gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer or gallbladder disease.
If the chest pain symptoms starts from the sternum (the breastbone) and travels up the throat, it is most likely a symptom of GERD or Hiatal Hernia which are the common cause for acid chest pain. These symptoms usually occur shortly after eating, and can continue for a few minutes to several hours.
Mainstream Medicine To Quench The Acid Fire
To diagnose acid chest pains,the flow of acid from the stomach and levels in the esophagus has to be measured. If it is ruled that you are suffering from acid reflux pain, antacids such as Maalox or Tums, or H2 blockers like Tagamet or Zantac, or proton pump inhibitors such as Prevacid, Nexium or Prilosec may be prescribed by your doctor to stop the acid flow and ease the pain.
Amongst all the mainstream reliefs mentioned above, the proton pump inhibitors can be very effective in suppressing the acid reflux and acid chest pains, but they also come with side effects. The general perception is that these proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are relatively harmless, but studies have shown that your chances of getting colds and flu are doubled with constant use. What is the reason? Because of the super ability of PPIs to block acid, it leaves very little acid in the stomach to kill viruses and bacteria, so the viruses and bacteria begin to travel into the respiratory tract, thereby increasing your risk of colds and even pneumonias by as much as 63%.
Want to know the biggest disadvantage of using these drugs to quell the pain? You might have to take them for the rest of your life. These medications are effective for as long as you continue to take them. Stop taking them and you are right back where you started with your acid chest pains.
Natural Remedies To The Rescue
Subsequently, acid chest pains are caused by acid reflux bubbling from your stomach up your throat, so the most important thing is to deal with the source of the acid. If you can stop this acid flow process, the chest pains will also stop and you don’t have to use PPIs, or H2 blockers if you don’t want to.
There are many herbs you can apply to give you relief. The following are some of the natural herbs that can be used. They all work to give relief. Explore them and adopt the remedy you feel most comfortable with.
Fennel Seed: These seeds can be chewed after meals to give relief. You can obtain fennel seeds from health or organic food stores. Fennel tea is also an alternative to chewing the seeds.
Ginger Root: Ginger is one of the best natural remedy for relieving acid reflux. The suggestion is to take ginger supplements straight after meals. You can obtain this from health food shops. Just follow the instructions and dosage on the label.
Chamomile is one of the herbs that helps with digestion. It also relieves the irritation of the esophagus and helps with acid reflux.
Steep two to three teaspoons of dried or fresh chamomile flowers for fifteen or twenty minutes and drink up to three cups daily.
Cumin Seeds: Digestive enzymes speed up food digestion. Most acid reflux symptoms stems from food not being properly digested. Digestive enzymes supplement goes to the source of this problems and corrects it. Cumin seeds are known to contain enzymes that aid in digestion and therefore can be used to combat acid reflux.
Cumin seeds can be consumed in a number of ways. An ounce of it can be soaked in water and left overnight. A spoonful of the mixture can then be taken three times a day. You can also boil cumin seeds in water, strain and drink as tea.
Another way to get the enzyme benefits from cumin is to combine ground cumin seeds with an equal amount of ground coriander. Mix two teaspoons of the cumin and coriander in cold water and drink it mornings and evenings.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix a teaspoon of this type of vinegar with a small amount and drink it with each meal. If it’s tolerable and does not increase the burn in your chest, you can gradually increase the amount to two tablespoons diluted with water at each meal. Caution! If this remedy burns your chest some more, then it is not for you so discontinue using it.
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