GERD and other gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, muscle spasms in the esophagus, a gallbladder attack, and pancreatitis can all cause chest pain and other symptoms that mimic those of a heart attack or angina, a crushing type of chest pain caused by decreased blood flow to the heart.
What other conditions can be confused with angina?
Other conditions also can cause chest pain, such as:
- Pulmonary embolism (a blockage in a lung artery)
- Aortic dissection (tearing of a major artery)
- A lung infection.
- Aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve)
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
Can you have angina without blocked arteries?
Blocked arteries from coronary artery disease are the most common cause of angina. When your arteries are too narrow, your heart doesn’t get enough blood. Without enough blood and oxygen, your heart works too hard which triggers angina.
Can you have angina without chest pain?
Angina and its silent cousin. When your heart’s blood flow is restricted, pain is possible but not inevitable. When your heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood, chest pain is possible.
What are some non cardiac causes of chest pain?
In most people, non-cardiac chest pain is related to a problem with the esophagus, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other causes include muscle or bone problems, lung conditions or diseases, stomach problems, stress, anxiety, and depression.