Symptoms of GERD can include chest pain that mimics a heart attack, and pain will often become manifested in the sternum before radiating to the left side of the body. Discover why many GERD patients are referred by a cardiologist with help from a gastroenterologist in this free video on acid reflux and GERD symptoms.
Hello, I'm Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, I'm a Gastroenterologist with Miami Gastroenterology Consultants in Miami, Florida. Gastroesophageal Reflux, also GERD, can produce chest pain that can mimic a heart attack. And it's very common to see in my office individuals who are referred by a cardiologist who have had a negative cardio workup but will have symptoms that are similar to a heart attack, such as pain behind the sternum radiating to the left side. And all these symptoms prompt a very extensive cardiovascular workup, and when that workup comes back negative, then they send, they come to me, and I would say 9 out of 10 of those, 9 out of 10 patients who come with this presentation will have manifestation of, extensive manifestation of reflux, characterized by damage to the esophagus or esophagitis as well as gastritis. And these patients, the symptoms will get better quickly once they are treated with an anti-reflux medication to lower the acid in the stomach.