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Doctor insights on: Prolonged Heartburn

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Dr. Charles Cattano
1,439 doctors shared insights

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 ...Read more


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What is heartburn?

What is heartburn?

Acid reflux: We get heartburn when we feel sour or acid coming up our esophagus . Sometime it is related to something we eat or if we have acid reflux. ...Read more

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How to stop heartburn?

How to stop heartburn?

Antacids: Antacids will neutralize acid the quickest, assuming truly heartburn from ge reflux and not , say, cardiac pain which can mimic. See md. Avoid fried, greasy, fatty foods, large meals, acidic foods, tobacco, alcohol, mints, carbonated beverages, chocolate. Don't eat for 2-3 h before bed, or lie down for 2-3h after eating. Otc ppis or h2 blockers can help. Still have sx, or frequent, see md. ...Read more

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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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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, (famotidine) etc, prilosec, etc may help. May need surgery to cure. See pcp/gi doc. ...Read more

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How come I get heartburn?

How come I get heartburn?

Acid: The acid from your stomach irritates your esophagus (the tube that goes from your stomach to your throat) this can cause heartburn and chest pain. The stomach has a special lining that protects it unless there is an ulcer. ...Read more

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How do you get heartburn?

How do you get heartburn?

Reflux: Typically heartburn is caused by reflux where stomach content come back up into the esophagus. It occurs because the valve at the junction of the stomach and esophagus is defective and won't stay closed. ...Read more

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What can cause heartburn?

What can cause heartburn?

Many things: Heartburn of course is not related to the heart except the position of the discomfort. It is due to stomach acidity beyond the normal protective level and occurs in response to certain medications like nsaids, to various foods in the diet (bread is common), and to emotional states. It can be minimized with certain medications and changes in the diet. See you family doctor if this is persistent. ...Read more

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How to relieve heartburn?

How to relieve heartburn?

Multiple strategies.: Treating heartburn can be frustrating and often requires multiple strategies the details of which cannot be addressed here. Diet and lifestyle modifications with or without acid reducing medications is the cornerstone of treatment. If you are overweight or eat too fast or too much then losing weight, eating slower and sliming your portion size will also help. Good luck! ...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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