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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Can problems with the esophagus or other parts of the digestive system mimic symptoms of a heart attack, such as arm and neck pain?
Certain esophageal motility disorders can cause chest pain that could be confused with a heart attack. Certain hernias around the stomach/esophagus can also cause chest pain. It would be unlikely that neck and chest pain are caused by the digestive tract. Hope this helps.
Prakash Gatta, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati