I'm a 57 year old woman, controlled blood pressure, cholesterol OK, strong family history of early heart disease and death. Lately, I've been having the most horrible burning in my upper chest, not everyday, but just every now and then. Does this sound like angina?
Angina can cause burning in the chest and often radiates into the jaw, teeth, neck or arms, particularly left arm. It usually comes on with exertion or extreme stress and improves with rest. May be accompanied by sweating, nausea, shortness of breath.
Acid reflux and esophageal spasms can feel similar but are brought on by cold liquids (spasm) or lying down, getting too full, bending over (reflux). If I were you, I would make an appt with Dr. now to have some tests scheduled, like a treadmill stress test, and barium swallow or UGI to sort it out. Esp. with your family history.
Please have this checked by your Doctor.
I had a burning sensation in my throat which I thought was reflux.
I ended up having a triple bypass - whoever would have thought a burning in the throat would be cardiac related.