While no one should diagnose their own medical conditions unless they are a trained doctor, it can be useful to understand the difference between symptoms of a heart attack and heartburn in an effort to save your own life.
Heartburn affects a lot of people, particularly those who are overweight and continue to eat foods that trigger heartburn discomfort. For those who work manual labor jobs, heartburn symptoms can be chronic due to your activities of bending over, leaning down, and heavy lifting. These motions can cause the stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus.
But heavy lifting and other manual labor activities can also trigger pain and symptoms of an impending heart attack. Workers of many ages have fallen victim to heart attacks while on the job. By performing manual labor tasks, the pain which could signal a heart attack can be masked by other pains associated with the heart work.
It is important to keep up with medical checkups when performing manual job tasks especially as you get older. It is also important to make dietary changes that can prevent both heartburn and heart attacks from occurring in the first place. Report any pain or discomfort you begin feeling while performing job tasks to your supervisor and if you are unsure of what is happening, go to the ER for a health check.
If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke while working, you may have a claim for workers compensation. You will need the guidance of an experienced attorney to help you analyze your case. Contact our legal team today at 888-799-3918 or through our online contact form.