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Chest Pain: Symptoms of Heartburn vs. Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart Attack

The symptoms of severe heartburn are sometimes misinterpreted as signs of a heart attack. Rather than rushing to a heart hospital to seek the emergency care they need, some people mistakenly believe they are simply suffering from heartburn and do nothing. With more than 600,000 fatalities each year due to heart disease, knowing the symptoms of a heart attack is the first step toward surviving one.

In order to determine the difference, you need to understand the symptoms of each. For example, you may be suffering from heartburn if you are experiencing:

  • A burning sensation that moves up towards your throat
  • Pain in the chest that does not radiate into the arms, neck, or shoulders
  • Pain that occurs after eating, especially when lying down
  • A bitter, sour taste in the back of your throat
  • Symptoms that respond quickly to antacids

The symptoms of a heart attack, on the other hand, often include:

  • Uncomfortable fullness, tightness, pressure, or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back or lasts for several minutes
  • Pain radiating into the back, stomach, neck, jaw, or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, then consider seeking immediate attention at an urgent care center.

Here at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our Accredited Chest Pain Center is devoted to quality patient care and utilizes the latest surgical and diagnostic technology. For more information, contact us online or call (408) 259-4000.

Breast Cancer Facts & Figures - 2011

While breast cancer death rates have been declining for women since 1990, the rates have declined slower for women of a lower socio-economic class. In this video, the American Cancer Society provides several breast cancer facts and figures for 2011. Studies suggest that the declining rate may be slower among poor women for a number of reasons, including differences in screening rates and access to high-quality treatments. The best way to prevent breast cancer is to maintain a healthy body weight, be physically active, and minimize your alcohol intake.

Whether you’re interested in a diagnostic or screening mammogram, the Women’s Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. Gain access to high-quality breast care services by contacting us at (408) 259-4000.

What is an Echocardiogram?


A cardiologist performs a number of non-invasive procedures in order to establish a comprehensive diagnostic profile on the nature and severity of a patient’s heart condition. One of the tools he or she uses is an echocardiogram. Find out what an echocardiogram is and how it can help in diagnosing a heart condition below:

What can an echocardiogram do?
An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce an image of a patient’s heart in motion. This not only produces images of the heart chambers and valves, but can also depict the size of the heart and how large the various chambers are in relation to each other. An echocardiogram can also determine the thickness of the muscular walls and how well the heart muscle is functioning. In addition, an echocardiogram can be used to determine:

  • How well the heart valves open and close during each contraction and relaxation of the heart chambers
  • The uniformity of movement of the heart muscle during each contraction/relaxation cycle
  • An estimate of the blood pressure within the lungs

How is an echocardiogram performed?
An echocardiogram is performed by placing a transducer over the heart to emit waves of sound that are reflected back in an echo. The transducer is coated in a gel before being placed on the skin to help facilitate the transmission of the sound waves through the skin and chest wall. During the test, electrodes are also placed on the chest in order to monitor the patient’s heart beat. As the transducer moves over the chest in a systematic sequence, the sound waves bounce back as echoes which are translated into visual images by a computerized video monitor, creating a permanent record of the motions of the heart.

The physicians and nurses with Regional Medical Center of San Jose use only the most advanced technological devices to help diagnose and treat patients. Learn more about our cardiovascular services by contacting us at (408) 259-4000 today.

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