Chest, jaw and neck pain, shortness of breath, and drowsiness are some known and obvious symptoms of a heart attack. However, these aren’t the only symptoms of this cardiovascular problem. When oxygenated blood to the heart is impeded due to a narrowing or blockage of arteries, the person may even experience gastrointestinal problems that may go unnoticed.
Common signs of a heart attack related to the stomach
Stomach problems in the event of a heart attack sound surprising and are often ignored by us .. But it is quite common in most heart attack cases. So if you have stomach problems along with other obvious signs of a heart attack, call for medical help right away.
How does the cardiovascular system affect the digestive system?
During a heart attack, when the organ has difficulty pumping oxygen-rich blood to different parts of the body due to a blockage, blood circulation slows down. The decreased blood supply throughout the body can lead to chemical changes in the stomach that turn it from alkaline to acidic. When the pH of the stomach drops, the body’s organs, including the digestive tract, find it difficult to function efficiently. It leads to several gastrointestinal problems.
In addition to chest, jaw and neck pain, a heart attack can even cause stomach pain. The stomach pain is initially sharp and sporadic. Over time, the pain becomes more intense and chronic. Stomach pain, which indicates poor heart health, is generally felt near the upper left side of the stomach. Some people even experience it in the esophageal sphincter.
Diarrhea and vomiting
When arteries in the intestine become clogged or blocked, it causes diarrhea and vomiting. The blockage can lead to sharp abdominal pain, especially after eating. It can cause dull cramps near the pit of the stomach and radiating to the back. Severe constipation can cause part of the intestine to die, which is a medical emergency. Abdominal pain, caused over time due to heart problems, can even lead to anorexia and weight loss over time.
When the digestive system is not working properly due to heart problems, the stomach becomes acidic and has difficulty functioning. It cannot digest food or take in nutrients from it and begins to produce more hydrochloric acid (HCl) (acid used in digestion). The presence of excessive HCI in the stomach begins to erode the lining of the organs, making the person nauseous. If the problem is not corrected in a timely manner, it can even cause an ulcer to form.
Indigestion or belching
Excessive episodes of indigestion or heartburn or regurgitation can also be a sign of a heart attack or an associated heart problem. This happens because the heart, throat, and stomach are all next to each other. The problem of indigestion and belching is more common in women than in men who are suffering from a heart attack. So if you are experiencing these symptoms then it is best not to ignore them