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What is Heartburn?
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Many people say the word heartburn but not everyone are aware of what it is all about. It’s a common term but heartburn actually means the feeling of burning or a warmth sensation in the chest. This painful sensation is felt when the stomach acid rises from your stomach. Although the term heartburn is actually the pain felt, it has nothing to do with your heart getting burned. This is only due to the stomach acids.


If acid reflux persists this could lead to a more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or what is known as GERD. People suffering from severe heartburn may have limited daily activities and can further lead to complications such as ulcers in the esophagus. 30% of adult experience occasional heartburn however there are those people who experience heartburn every day. 25% of women suffer heartburn during pregnancy.


Heartburn occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is not properly closed. When this happens, stomach acids flow back to the esophagus. That is why people suffering from heartburn is advised not to take any food that can irritate or loosen the esophageal sphincter. Foods such as chocolate, spicy and fatty foods need to be avoided as well as cigarette smoking and large amounts of alcohol intake.
If you think you are suffering from acid reflux symptoms, it is best to consult your doctor. Proper treatment of heartburn is essential to avoid other complications and infections.





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