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What causes heartburn and shortness of breath? 8 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Heart Attack Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A clot blocks the blood flow to the heart (heart attack), and damages heart muscle. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a blue or grey tinge to the skin.

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Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is a condition chararcterized by persistent anxiety and recurrent panic attacks. Sweating or chills are possible signs of a panic attack.

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Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach pushes up through your diaphragm and into your chest cavity. Common symptoms include heartburn, belching, and abdominal discomfort.

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Angina Pectoris

Learn about stable angina and what causes it. Find information on stable angina symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Metabolic Syndrome X

Metabolic syndrome X is a group of five risk factors that can increase your chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. The risk factors include: increased blood pressure...

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A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias are most common in the abdomen but can appear elsewhere.

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Beriberi is a term used for vitamin B1, or thiamine, deficiency. Vitamin B1 is found in foods like milk, beans, vegetables, meat, and whole grains.

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Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma)

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that is characterized by changes in the texture and appearance of the skin due to an increase in collagen. It can affect blood vessels and muscles, and a number of vital organs.

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