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Heart burn or HEART ATTACK

“Chest discomfort, pain, shortness of breath” are always confused between heart attack and heart burn ie acid indigestion or acid reflux. This is why often people experiencing a heart attack may confuse their symptoms for a simple case of acid reflux, and can land themselves in acute trouble. Vice versa, a chest pain caused by acid indigestion can also be confused for a heart attack by some patients.

Heartburn : Term used for acid indigestion that affects the food pipe. Which is situated next to the heart and its discomfort gives you pain and burning sensation in chest that is why it is often confused with heart pain or heart attack.

There is massive difference between heartburn and heart attack.
Heart Burn Heart Attack
Heartburn is a common condition that occurs when the acids from the stomach rise up and enter your food pipe, causing pain in the chest, and sometimes difficulty in breathing. This is a relatively minor condition and not related with heart that can be tackled by a quick dose of antacid or prevented by maintaining health eating habits.
On the other hand, a heart attack can be life-threatening. Heart attack occurs when the blood supply to or from the heart is interrupted due to the narrowing or blocking of an artery. This can mean that the crucial supply of oxygenated blood to interrupted and threatens a person’s life if timely treatment is not provided.

Precious time is lost in such cases because the disease could have better be controlled and managed just after minor attack without wasting time.
Things to do:
Patients should know that if the condition improves within a short span or time or after a few belches, one can be assured that the chest pain was due to acid reflux.
However, if the chest discomfort continues, one must not waste time and immediately rush to a hospital.

If a person is having such symptoms in epigastric or lower chest and similar type of symptoms have been there since many months or years it usually points to stomach or eosophagus problem.

But if these are recent, or there have been change in character of symptoms or such symptoms also occur on exertion like walking, climbing stairs and get better by taking rest, then most likely it is heart related and patient immediately needs to be rushed to a doctor and an ECG should be taken immediately.

Another important thing to remember is that if the so-called acidity or gas symptoms persist more than 20 minutes even after taking some antacid medicine, then most likely it is impending heart attack and patient should immediately rush to a nearby hospital for proper ECG.

Common acidity or gas problem mostly is due to overeating and lack of exercise. Doing regular yoga is one of best way to avoid such problems

The Tribune

10-minute exercises for busy corporate employees

We all need to work out every single day.

While health experts prescribe 30 minutes of cardio, four times a week, if you have a crazy schedule and are hard-pressed for time, there’s no need to lose out. Short burst fitness moves have been hailed every bit as effective. Here are ways to sneak exercise into your day and get recharged….

Skipping: All it takes is 10 minutes to get ship-shape with a jump rope, or skipping. It works on the core, arms and legs and experts say it can burn over 100 calories in a single 10-minute session, daily.. Use a rope that’s your size and remember, this can place some stress on the ankles and knees so do a few ankle rotations before starting out. If you suffer from chronic knee pain, consult a doctor first.
Benefit: Reduces belly fat, builds endurance

Stairwell walk/run: Got no time for the gym? No sweat! Ditch the elevator and take the stairs. This is a great cardio workout and a calorie torcher too! Did you know walking up 200 steps twice a day increases aerobic fitness levels by 17%? (Any aerobic activity lessens bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol levels and boosts circulation, among things. And as the body uses effort to lift upwards, it helps engage more muscles, even tiny ones, in the leg. ) Try it today.
Benefit: Increases circulation, cuts risk of heart attack by 25%

Stability ball: Several studies have been suggesting that you swap the office chair with a stability ball. It can repair bad posture because when you try and balance, the body is forced to automatically get into the correct one. This also engages the core and since you have to change your position often it does away with the damage caused by a chair when you tend to sit long hours in the same slouched position. Remember to keep the back straight when you try this one.
Benefit: Alleviates back pain, builds the core

TRX: The resistance band regimen is one of the best workouts to reduce aches and muscular tightness in the neck, shoulder and upper back that arises out of long hours of sitting. The band is a portable tool and can be set up anywhere. Place it under your feet and holding each handle, lift the arms up to shoulder level and slowly release them back to the start. Or do a lunge with the band under the feet, while you hold each handle. What happens is the stretching that ensues increases blood flow and oxygen to your muscles and lessens pain, which in turn also reduces headaches.
Benefit: Headache and stress reliever

In-office cycling: More corporates in the West are opening up to the idea of a ‘cycle-in office’ where you pedal push your way around the premises a la the movie, The Intern. As per a report, London is set to open such an office. Though it needs space, we hope it happens back home, too! If not, you can always cycle to work. The low-impact exercise can help ward off obesity, stroke and arthritis and builds muscle tone.
Benefit: Better breathing and cardiovascular fitness, helps tone muscles

Pilates: Got a few minutes? Take out the heels and get onto the mat near you desk and try 8-10 minute sessions of curls, leg circles, leg stretches, side bends and the plank.
Benefit: Strengthens the core and busts tummy flab


Bicep curls: This is a good multi-tasking regimen. Take a dumbbell (choose a size that you are comfortable with) and try bicep curls while you’re on the phone or reading mails. Do these curls for 20 repetitions twice a day. If you don’t have a pair of weights, use a one-litre water bottle. It also works on the shoulder and back muscles.
Benefit: Tones the muscles of the arms

Yoga stretches: Try neck stretches by tilting your head slowly toward one side of the shoulder. Hold the position and repeat for the other side. For those stuck at the desk, shoulder shrugs are also a must. Try and raise the shoulders as high as you can and rotate them forward and then backwards, 10 times throughout the day.
Benefit: Tones the muscles of the arms and back

There are several benefits of exercising.
It prevents weight gain, reduces unhealthy triglycerides and boosts HDL or good cholesterol.
Being active also improves the quality of sleep and allows you to perform better at work.

Times of India