Heart Attack or Acid Reflux, Carilion doctor talks about misdiagnosis

10 Cares Heart Health

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – In 10 Cares Heart Health, knowing when to get treatment is important.

We talked to a doctor in the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital emergency department about symptoms people often mistake for a heart attack.

“Reflux is the number one miss diagnosed condition of a heart attack. People are trying to wrap their heads around reflux really? The burning, the belching and so forth yes absolutely number one. so if we see an older person that just have reflux that doesn’t mean you’re having a heart attack it just means that you need to think about that,” said Dr. Jack Perkins with the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.

Dr. Perkins says anything that doesn’t go away quickly or feels unusual should be checked out right away. He points out it is important for you go to the emergency room and not an urgent care facility. .

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