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Heart attack: Stomach pain, other gastrointestinal issues could indicate bad heart condition

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Stomach pain may not just be a simple ailment as it could be a sign that you have cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, or a coronary heart disease.

Because these three terms somehow sound similar, people often use them interchangeably, but the three heart conditions actually differ.

Cardiovascular disease refers to all types of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels; thus, it includes coronary heart disease, which is the clogging of the arteries that can cause heart attacks, stroke, congenital heart defects, and peripheral artery disease.

A heart disease, on the other hand, refers to all conditions that affect the heart's structure and function. Thus, it is a type of cardiovascular disease, and one example is coronary heart disease.

Aside from a pain in the stomach, other gastrointestinal issues that you also have to watch out for as they may indicate that you have a serious heart condition are abdominal pain, vomiting, stomach bloating, and nausea.

According to the Daily Express, a study with the New England Journal of Medicine noted that many patients who had cardiovascular or heart disease first had themselves checked for indigestion.

Health experts said that people who have a heart condition usually have gastrointestinal issues because the heart cannot pump enough blood throughout the body resulting to slow blood circulation.

The body's chemistry changes from alkaline to acidic as a result of the slow blood circulation. And, once the body is already in an acidic state, organ systems such as the digestive tract will not function properly.

The stomach pain that may indicate that you have a heart condition is described as sharp and sporadic. However, as your heart condition remains untreated, this symptom may become chronic.

Sometimes we are so used to the idea that stomach pain is not serious that we don't pay enough attention to it. However, if the pain occurs on the upper left side section of the stomach, this may indicate bad heart health. Pain may also be felt at the esophageal sphincter.

In addition to abdominal pain, vomiting, stomach bloating, and nausea, you may also be sweating and feel fatigued.

If you have been experiencing these gastrointestinal issues, immediately visit your doctor as it may just save your life.

Image credit courtesy of Mike Goad/Flickr

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