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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

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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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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 (Checklist)

Use an over-the-counter medication like Zantac or Prilosec
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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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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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What are good home treatments for heartburn?

What are good home treatments for  heartburn?

Avoid certai. Foods.: Avoid acidic foods such as citrus , tomato, and alcohol. Be careful with caffeine and derivatives. Avoid eating for a couple hours before you lie down or go to sleep. As far as home remedies, try ginger, in any form, chamomile tea, or try a banana. ...Read more

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How to cure heartburn?

How to cure heartburn?

Control-yes. Cure?: Heartburn (gerd) is a pain! many reasons for it. Usually obese, poor diet and lifestyle, but many are thin, eat properly and it is there. Avoiding fatty meals, alcohol, spices to some extent, avoiding eating or drinking after 6 P.M., elevating the head of bed 6-8 inches, taking antacids, alginates, h-2 blockers like pepcid, etc, prilosec, etc may help. May need surgery to cure. See pcp/gi doc. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of heartburn?

Few things to try...: Heartburn is very common and often lifestyle is a major contributing factor. Smoking/alcohol/caffeine/mint/fatty foods/too-spicey foods, and many medications cause heartburns. Obesity and laying down after meals etc...Are other risks. So, if you can control the above, you r much less likely to suffer heartburn. If above not adequate, otc prilosec/zantac/pepcid may help. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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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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