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Heartburn Symptoms And Treatment

Updated on December 23, 2016

Heartburn Can Lead To Other Health Problems

Article By Sharon Stajda

Do you suffer from heartburn, you're not alone, 60% percent of Americans suffer from some form of heartburn sometimes referred to as "acid re-flux or gerd". As many as 33% experience heartburn on weekly bases, and that number is rising daily. Heartburn can set off many symptoms that can in themselves be very stressful, and I might say painful. In addition to heartburn one can, and most likely will produce other unpleasant symptoms, Such as chronic cough, hoarseness, and even nausea. If heartburn is left untreated the condition can become chronic, and lead to more serious health problems. Such as stomach ulcers or in the worst case esophageal cancer. In the past 10 year hospitalizations for gastrointestinal problem have more than doubled.


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The Pain Of Heartburn Can Vary In Intensity

Indigestion, heartburn, by any name it hurts! You eat a single piece of pizza, and wham there it is that stabbing burning mid-chest discomfort! The minute that pepperoni hits your stomach, your stomach acids kick into overdrive. You start to feel that all too familiar symptom of burning in your mid chest region. It's a very familiar feeling you have come to know so well, heartburn. It feels like an out of control fire in your chest. Heartburn signs and symptoms can mimic more severe heart problems, this is why if it's always important to see a doctor if you are experiences any form of recurrent chest pain or discomfort.

Heartburn Medications

Heartburn sufferers are spending billions of dollars on over the counter as well as prescription drugs in their quest for pain relief that is associated with heartburn. Over 1 billion dollars a year is spent in simple over the counter antacid produces alone. Are you plagued with heartburn? Please take a few minutes to browse through this article. I have some helpful tips on how to get some relief from heartburn symptoms, and stave off potentially dangerous problems that can occur with untreated heartburn.

First Things First - What Causes Heartburn

When you eat a valve located in your esophagus opens up to let your food pass normally into your stomach. The valve then should normally close. This valves main job is to keep stomach's juices confined to the stomach. These stomach juices aid in digesting the food that enters the stomach. However, sometimes this valve will open spontaneously or won't close properly after food has passed through on its way to the stomach. This valve malfunction can result in stomach acid back washing up into the esophagus. This backwash of acids will cause burning in the esophagus, as a rule this burning will be located just below the breastbone mid chest area. Some foods can trigger this faulty valve reaction. Foods such as coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits, soda drinks, spicy foods, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and foods that are high in fats.

About know your most likely thinking, what's left to eat? Everyone is not made equal in respect to what they can get away with eating. If you suspect you may be experiencing heartburn brought on by certain foods, I suggest you keep a food diary. Keeping a food diary will help you spot foods that are triggering your heartburn. By identifying what your trigger your heartburn symptoms you can stay away from certain foods that give your valve a reason to malfunction.

I must also bring up another common culprit that can cause Heartburn. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can also cause heartburn. These medications can erode the esophagus as well as the stomach, and can lead to gastrointestinal ulcers. It's important to see your doctor to properly diagnose any underlying problems that is producing symptoms of heartburn.

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Here Are Just A Few Popular Food Culprits - That Can Trigger Heartburn

Citrus fruits

Chocolate

Peppermint

Spearmint

Tomatoes

Raw onions

Garlic

Black pepper

Vinegar

Fatty foods

Spicy foods

Coffee

Citrus juice

Carbonated beverages

Alcoholic beverages

Tips On Decreasing The Signs And Symptoms Of Heartburn

There are sile things one can do to stave off the discomforts of heartburn.

Think Of Consuming Less Food Per Meal

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Good Posture Goes A Long Way

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Smaller Sized Meals Can Help Prevent Heartburn

Consuming smaller sized meals throughout your day can aid in decreasing symptoms of heartburn, and help prevent overwhelming your digestive tract. The lesser amount of food may help with proper digestion.




Good posture can help with proper digestion, and decrease heartburn discomforts.

To help your digestive system do it job, avoid eating before lying down. This will prevent the stomach acids from getting all bent out of shape, so to say. If one lays down on a full stomach, the stomach will automatically produce an increased amount of acid, the stomach of kicks into overdrive due to having a harder time performing digestion.

It's smart to have your last small meal two to three hours before you go to bed. Another tip, sleep with your slightly elevated - about 9 to 10 inches above your waist.

Don't wear clothes that are tight at the waist it can slow digestion

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Lose A Bit Of Weight

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Hey! Loosen Up Those Pants Don't Aggravate Your Digestive System

By wearing pants that are too tight around the waist, you may aggravate your stomach. This aggravation could produce symptoms of heartburn that are more severe. Again, the tightness around the stomach may tell your tummy to produce more stomach acid. The More stomach acid the higher chance that you will soon feel the nagging pains of heartburn.






Sorry To Bring It Up ... Fat Around Your Middle Can Add To Heartburn Problems

Added pounds, especially around the waist can aid in pushing stomach acid up toward the esophagus. This can cause one to be more prone to acid reflux, and severe erosion of the esophagus. This can make one more prone to esophageal cancer.


Might Be Time To Quit

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Do You Smoke?

If you smoke, and are experiencing symptoms of heartburn, it may be time to stop smoking smoking once and for all. Scientific studies show that nicotine found in tobacco can triggers an increase in stomach acid production. Smokers are three times as likely to have symptoms of heartburn than that of non-smokers.





Careful When You Stoop Over! Bending Over Can Trigger Symptoms Of Heartburn

Try to an avoid bending over just after eating. The bending motion can crimp the stomach, and the result in increased production of stomach acid, plus the bending motion will sends all that increased stomach acid right into the esophagus. The increased amount of stomach acid in the esophagus will most assuredly cause your heartburn to be much more severe. Plus the increased acid in the esophagus can increase erosion of the esophagus. This erosion can cause more severe health problems such as ulcers, and even certain forms of cancer.

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Relax ...

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Relax

Calm that heartburn with relaxation. Chill out, It can help work decrease symptoms of heartburn. Take time each day to relax. Try to cut down on stress, especially around meal time. Your whole digestive system is managed largely by your nervous system. So before eating take time to slow it down, and relax a bit. By doing this you will cut down on stomach acid production in your digestive system. Don't give heartburn an opportunity to flare-up ...

Get to know the difference between symptoms of Heartburn and Heart attack

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What Heartburn Symptoms Need To Be Treated As A Possible Emergency

If your symptoms are sudden or more severe, the situation may be an emergency?

Know The Difference Of Heart Attack Symptoms

Tight pain in chest, mid sternum.

Pain at left arm that radiates down to fingers.

A pressure that feels like a squeezing of the mid-chest, that lasts for more than a few minutes.

Pain that spreads from one arm or both arms.

Pain at jaw, back of neck, and shoulders.

Shortness of breath.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I rarely get heartburn but, man is it uncomfortable. Great tips!

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      Bear8it 8 years ago

      Thanks, Acid Reflux - Heartburn - GERD has been a real problem for me. Whatever relief can be offered helps.

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      Kathee 8 years ago

      Great site - especially the graphix! Haven't seen any other site that mentions NSAIDs as a cause of heartburn - good on ya for including this!

      Kathee

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      Keaka77 8 years ago

      I absolutely hate getting heartburn. It has to be the worse.

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