Things you should know about Heartburn

By : Godoctr Team    Posted : 21-01-2016    3696    3    Like
Things you should know about Heartburn

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the throat or the esophagus, caused by stomach acid that is either refluxes (backs-up) or seeps up from the stomach.  Because several people experience this sensation a little higher in the chest are, what heartburn is actually, is often mistaken for a heart attack.

After having food, it goes down the throat via your esophagus and into the stomach.  Before entering the stomach the food must pass a valve it’s called the LES or the lower esophageal sphincter.  This valve is actually a muscle and it will open to let the food go into the stomach. When operating as it should, it immediately closes to prevent the stomach contents to back up into the esophagus.

Symptoms of heartburn?

  1. Heartburn is usually felt as a burning chest pain or pressure in the chest. The pain starts behind the breastbone and moves up to the neck and throat.
  2. All infants spit up, but if an infant spits up or throws up almost every time he eats and seems fussy, he may have heartburn.
  3. Symptoms can last as long as two hours.
  4. Symptoms are often made worse by having food.
  5. Lying down and bending over often makes symptoms worse.
  6. Symptoms of heartburn are often mistaken for signs of a heart attack or heart disease. Pain from a heart condition is usually made worse by physical activity. Heartburn is not usually caused by physical activity.
  7. Some people taste the bitter and sour acid that has moved up their throat from the stomach.

How, what and when:

How you eat: Don’t inhale giant mouthfuls of food. Always take smaller bites and eat slowly, allowing your stomach time to digest and without giving it an excuse to pump out excess acid.

What you eat: You are probably aware that specific foods trigger heartburn, usually foods high in acid (like tomatoes or citrus fruits) or spicy foods. Avoid these as best you can to ward off

When you eat: Do not eat within 3-4 hrs. before bed. Lying down puts more pressure on your LES and increases the likelihood of acid sneaking through.




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