Recognize similar symptoms of heart and gastric disease

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UNAIR NEWS – People often get the wrong perception about the symptoms of the disease they suffer. One of them is a symptom of heart disease, but it is considered a normal symptom of gastric problem.

Thus, the trivial attitude of the people towards their body triggers a deadly heart attack. This is partly due to a lack of community awareness to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In this regard, Dr. Santi Martini, dr., M. Kes., a lecturer in Faculty of Public Health (FKM) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) from Department of Epidemiology said that complaints of shortness of breath, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, as well as back pain, are common symptoms of gastric problem.

The complaints are similar to the symptoms of coronary heart disease. However, in heart disease, they predominantly attack the left side of the body.

Santi said that heart disease has symptoms that attack the left chest, sometimes extending to the neck, arms and back, but also to the left area. Cold sweat also often appears in between the pain.

“Heart problem is clear, definitely to the left. And at the time of the attack we often see the person in great pain, even to the point of fainting, “said Santi. “Then cold sweat comes out, and it’s not unusual to get very wet. And it is accompanied by tremendous pain, “he added.

Santi also mentioned angina pectoris, a condition of chest pain due to coronary heart disease. It can occur for about 10 minutes and cause chest pain on the left side.

To ensure the disease and avoid mistreatment, Santi strongly recommended to immediately consult a medical practitioner when people have these symptoms. Santi also emphasized that heart attacks can attack anyone from various backgrounds.

Especially those who have a history of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia, should be more aware of the symptoms of coronary heart disease. Routine health checks for both young and old people are an important solution to protect against coronary heart disease.

“Sometimes there are people without any history suddenly have a heart attack. Actually it happened not without history, but most people never checked their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, “said Santi. (*)

Author: Ulfah Mu’amarotul Hikmah

Editor: Binti Q Masruroh

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