Acid Reflux versus Angina

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Question

Hello
I’m a 39 year old female who has suffered from acid reflux for the last 7 or so years. The reflux cause me breathing difficulties, and was wondering if this, the breathing difficulties could cause any type of heart disease?
Thank you
Regards

Answer

Acid reflux (GERD) often produces breathing problems because of chronic aspiration of stomach contents. Patients with CAD usually have cardiac risks (that or course might be also present in a pateint with GERD). However, usually a physician can figure out what is what. That said, I have performed a coronary bypass operation  on many a patient where GERD was diagnosed instead of CAD . Thus, if you have risks suggestive of CAD and angina, you should be tested!
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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