- First Aid
Is it a Heart Attack or Just Heartburn?
Quick test separates heartburn from heart attack
So you start feeling this painful burning sensation in your chest. If it is the first time, then you start to worry. Did I eat to much? Is it the stress? The pain slowly gets worse. And a question forms in your head....
Am I having a heart attack?
Difficulty breathing or pain running down your arm or up to your jaw is generally sign of a heart attack, but if it is just pain in your chest, then how do you know?
Luckily, there is a quick and simple test that only takes a minute.
The answer is ice water. Be sure to use lots of ice. The water needs to be very cold and there should be at least a full cup of water, not including the ice. Now focus on your body and the pain. Start drinking the water at a steady rate that should take you about 10-15 seconds to finish. Be sure to continue focusing on your body. If it is heartburn, you will be able to feel the water hitting the pain. There will be a quick full or partial relief of the pain. The pain may start to slowly return when the area starts to warm up again, but at least you know you can stop panicking.
If it is heartburn, the fastest relief is about a teaspoon of baking soda in half a cup of warm water, drink very slowly with small sips.
If you still suspect a heart attack, chew an aspirin and swallow it, and have someone drive you to the hospital. Don't drive yourself. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant and almost as good as the stuff they use at the hospital for heart attacks. Chewing up the aspirin, allows it to reach your bloodstream more quickly.