Neutralize Heartburn

June 5, 2015 11:30 AM

Feel the burn? It’s not in your muscles but in your stomach and up into your chest. Heartburn symptoms occur when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus causing pain, a burning sensation, and even hoarseness. Occasional heartburn, particularly after eating certain foods can be managed with over-the-counter acid relievers. However, if you have frequent heartburn or if you have trouble swallowing, it’s time to see your primary care provider or a gastroenterologist for advice. Frequent heartburn can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more serious condition.

Since certain foods and drinks can cause heartburn, keep a log of what you ate before the pain started. Foods that can trigger heartburn include: alcohol, chocolate, fatty foods, coffee, fried foods, and soft drinks. Smoking is also a common heartburn trigger. Lifestyle and diet changes can often make a difference and maintaining a healthy weight is crucial.

The symptoms of heartburn can also be symptoms of a heart attack. Seek medical help immediately if the chest pain radiates to another area of the body such as the arm or jaw or, if the pain does not resemble your usual heartburn. Don’t take chances with your health. At Hackensack University Medical Group, we’re here to help you stay well.

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