Chest pain and diarrhea are common health issues. But, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, there’s rarely a relationship between the two symptoms.

Some conditions may present with both symptoms, but they’re rare. They include:

  • Whipple disease, a bacterial infection (Tropheryma whippelii) that leads to nutrient malabsorption from the intestine
  • Campylobacter-associated myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by Campylobacter jejuni bacteria
  • Q fever, a bacterial infection involving Coxiella burnetii bacteria

A number of conditions have chest pain as a symptom. These include:

Some of the many different problems that can cause chest pain are life threatening. If you’re experiencing unexplained chest pain, seek medical help.

A number of factors and conditions can cause diarrhea, including:

Diarrhea can lead to dehydration

If left untreated, dehydration can be life threatening. Get medical help if you have symptoms of serious dehydration, including:

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Many people wonder if chest pain means a heart attack. This isn’t always the case. Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can better prepare you to evaluate the chest pain and the possibility of a heart attack.

Here are the primary signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  • chest pain or discomfort, which can last a few minutes and sometimes feels like pressure or squeezing
  • shortness of breath (often comes before chest pain)
  • upper body pain that may spread from your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, or jaw
  • abdominal pain that may feel similar to heartburn
  • irregular heartbeat that may feel like your heart is skipping beats
  • anxiety that brings on a feeling of panic
  • cold sweats and clammy skin
  • nausea, which may lead to vomiting
  • dizziness or lightheadedness, which may make you feel like you might pass out

Chest pain and diarrhea are infrequently associated with one, unifying condition. Rare conditions that combine these two symptoms include Whipple disease and Campylobacter-associated myocarditis.

If you’re experiencing severe chest pain and diarrhea at the same time or separately, get medical attention. Your doctor can determine what’s causing your symptoms and start treatment to prevent any complications.