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A 39-year-old female asked:

Frequent heartburn, during sleep at night, experience racing heart coupled with heart burn and nausea. symptoms subside after the urge of bowel movement and antacids. please assist, it's quite worrying?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
GERD,racing heart: Although acid reflux is the more likely cause of your symptoms I recommend a cardiac checkup as well in view of the racing heart, nausea and urge for a BM in the middle of the night. In the meantime, avoid spicy & oily foods, don't eat after supper, avoid alcohol,caffeine, aspirin,ibuprofen, naproxen. sleep with chest higher than abdomen,take famotidine or omeprazole each AM. See Gastroenterologis
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Heart burn: A heart condition is not likely at age 30. Gerd can wake you up in the middle of the with a racing heartbeat and nausea if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is common in people who snore and overweight. See a doctor.

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