Heartburn

Heartburn

Also known as Acid Reflux, Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. It happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. However a person may have no symptoms at all.

If you have it more than twice a week, you may have GERD. But you can have GERD without having heartburn.

Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol, and some medications can bring on heartburn. Treating it is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus.

Over-the-counter medicines may help. If the symptoms continues, you may need prescription medicines or surgery.

If you have other symptoms such as crushing chest pain, it could be a heart attack. Get help immediately.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Avoiding these items may reduce your discomfort:

  • coffee
  • citrus drinks
  • tomato-based products
  • carbonated beverages
  • chocolate
  • peppermint
  • fatty or spicy foods
  • eating within three hours of bedtime
  • smoking
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • excess weight gain

Heartburn at MedlinePlus