What is Heartburn?

Heartburn refers to a painful burning sensation in the chest caused by gastroesophageal reflux (backflow from the stomach irritating the esophagus). It is usually symptomatic of an ulcer or a diaphragmatic hernia or other disorder.

What causes Heartburn?

Diet is the most common cause of heartburn. Foods and drink such as chocolate, fried or fatty foods, citrus products, tomatoes or tomato-based products, and alcohol can initiate or exacerbate heartburn symptoms. Tobacco can also be a catalyst for heartburn.

How is Heartburn treated?

Medication is available for heartburn, most notably acid suppressants, and others which reduce the amount of acid produced and released into the stomach chamber, or those which increase the movement of the stomach.

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