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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Overview)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are having a heart attack.


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What causes heartburn?

What causes heartburn?

Stomach acidity: Our GI system is in continuous operation, with the average adult swallowing 1 quart of saliva/day & the esophagus opening slightly to let it into the stomach. We feed at intervals & the muscular stomach walls squeeze & mix food with stomach acid. If the esophagus opens to accept saliva while the stomach is squeezing, acid is pushed up the esophagus & may burn the walls.Over time this can cause hb. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
1,435 doctors shared insights

Heartburn (Overview)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are having a heart attack.


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What are some available diagnostic tests to evaluate heartburn symptoms?

What are some available diagnostic tests to evaluate heartburn symptoms?

See below.: Possible tests are endoscopy and biopsy. Some chest pain may warrant an EKG (cardiogram) to rule out heart disease. Possible labwork, looking for the cause or consequences can include a blood count, electrolyte levels, pancreatic enzymes. A test for H. Pylori, should be considered, since this bacteria can cause symptoms and can be treated. ...Read more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Use an over-the-counter medication like Zantac or Prilosec
Daily
Avoid heavy meals
Daily
Limit fatty or acidic foods
Daily
Avoid alcoholic drinks
Daily
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What increases your risk of having heartburn?

What increases your risk of having heartburn?

Lifestyle: Heartburn is more common in people who are heavier. It is also associated with diet:larger meals, fatty, spicy or greasy foods, alcohol, tomato or citrus foods are also common triggers. ...Read more

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What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

What preventative treatments are there for GERD and heartburn?

Prevent/Control GERD: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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What causes heartburn?

Stomach acidity: Our GI system is in continuous operation, with the average adult swallowing 1 quart of saliva/day & the esophagus opening slightly to let it into the stomach. We feed at intervals & the muscular stomach walls squeeze & mix food with stomach acid. If the esophagus opens to accept saliva while the stomach is squeezing, acid is pushed up the esophagus & may burn the walls.Over time this can cause hb. ...Read more

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Could having heartburn mean I am pregnant?

Could having heartburn mean I am pregnant?

Yes: Heartburn is a common symptom in pregnancy, but it is a common health problem for nonpregnant women as well. The easiest way to answer this question is for you to do an over the counter pregnancy test available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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How do I treat heartburn at home?

U can use Tums (calcium carbonate) or: Other antacids or talk to your pharmacist.If this persists for more than a week or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Constant heartburn and acid reflux for over 2 years. How can I get this treated?

Diet,meds&surgery: Avid the foods that cause acid reflux avoid obesity, if obese loose weight h2 blockers like ranitidine and others prton pump inhibiters if nothing else helps than fundal plication surgery or stretta procedure se a gastroenterologist or discuss with your family doctor. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn? Ginger? Mint?

What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn? Ginger? Mint?

DGL,slippery elm: Chronic or recurring heartburn needs to be checked out by a doc to make sure there aren't ulcerations, erosions, infection, cancer etc. Heartburn can be worsened by mint, chamomile, tobacco, alcohol, sweets, coffee, chocolate, fried food, spicy, or acidic food, large deglycyrrhinated licorice can coat the esophagus (w/o adrenal/kidney side effects); slippery elm can help-ok short term. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is a feeling of discomfort in the upper belly (abdomen) during or right after a meal. It may present as a feeling of uncomfortable ...Read more


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