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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

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

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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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Treating Heartburn (Tip)

Treating Heartburn

Did you know that heartburn can cause hoarseness and/or sore throat? Ask your doctor. ...See more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Use an OTC medicine like Zantac or Prilosec if needed
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Avoid heavy meals
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Limit fatty or acidic foods
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Avoid alcohol
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How do I treat heartburn at home?

How do I treat heartburn at home?

U can use Tums 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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Treating Heartburn (Tip)

Treating Heartburn

Try small meals, and stay upright before and after meals for at least 2 hours. ...See more

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Treating Heartburn (Checklist)

Eat a healthy diet, rich in fruits/veggies
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Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor
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Maintain a healthy body weight
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Avoid tight-fitting clothing
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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

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What is a homemade treatment for heartburn?

What is a homemade treatment for heartburn?

Baking Soda: Baking soda is the most basic of heartburn remedies. It neutralizes stomach acid directly and should help acid-peptic symptoms. One problem is that it is high in sodium, so if you have a problem with high blood pressure for instance, you don't want to treat one thing and cause trouble in a different area. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Neff
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion is also known as Heartburn. 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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