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Pressure on heart and difficulty breathing

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hello doctor!
my sister have a problem, sometimes she feels pressure on her heart,and she have a difficulty breathing, it makes her feel very bad untill she burps she feels so much better after that. the problem is that most of the time she can't burp.. i try to pat on the middle of her back but it doesn't work. sometimes she feels like she is going to die she tells me i feel so bad it's killing me these gas are killing me sis". plz i need an advice, how can i help her to burp coz that makes her feel way better! thanks

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replied May 18th, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A12155
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You have complaints of gas, pressure feeling on heart and difficulty in breathing. Commonly, this is due to indigestion. Various causes for this feeling of indigestion include functional dyspepsia, GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease),ulcer disease due to gastric infection with H.pylori or use of NSAIDs, biliary colic due to gall bladder disease, intestinal lactase deficiency, other carbohydrate intolerance syndromes, gastroesophageal malignancy, heart disease etc.
As far as your sister's problem is concerned, it may be caused by GERD or functional dyspepsia, medications that reduce gastric acid secretion and stimulate motility may be initiated in consultation with your physician.
Hope this helps. Take care.

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