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Severe Chestpains and fainting
Your symptoms are not those of GERD, but if esophageal, rather sound more like spasm. However, neither GERD, nor spasm will cause fainting. For that, in the absence of a heart attack, I am concerned you may have arrhythmias, either too slow or too fast that cause the pump function of your heart to be insufficient. That will decrease the blood flow to your brain, hence fainting.
I would recommend a Holter monitor test, but how that works in Australia I don't know. It seems to me your symptoms are serious enough to bypass the medical bureaucracy! In the meantime, your best protection is to be with other people. If this occurs again before you see a cardiologist, insist on seeing a cardiologist in the ER!!
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