Heartburn and Your Health

Heartburn and Your Health

Ever have a burning sensation in your chest or throat? Well, it could be heartburn.

What is Heartburn?

A painful burning sensation in your chest or throat, usually just behind your breastbone.

Causes

  • Stomach acid backing up into your esophagus
  • Trigger foods and beverages
  • Some medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Excess body weight
  • Eating then lying on your back

Symptoms

  • Burning sensation in the chest after eating
  • Burning or “off” taste in the throat
  • Feeling that food is “sticking” in the middle of the chest or throat

Prevention

  • Eat slowly
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Avoid triggers foods/drinks
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Try to avoid overeating
  • If overweight, try to lose weight
  • Try to avoid going to bed with a full stomach
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