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9 Serious Conditions That Mimic Heartburn

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Heart disease

Angina, or chest pain caused by lack of blood flow to the heart, can feel a lot like heartburn.

"The major key is if you're getting heartburn when you're doing strenuous or moderate activity," says Ryan Madanick, MD, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in Chapel Hill.

If you're 50 or older and getting heartburn—especially if you haven't had this kind of pain before—it can raise suspicion of angina. Suspicions can also be raised if you're younger but have heart risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. For more information, check out Heartburn or Heart Attack? How to Tell the Difference.

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