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Heartburn Symptoms & Prevention

Heartburn is an uncomfortable feeling of burning or warmth in the chest. Often, it can be felt rising from the stomach to the chest, up through the neck. Heartburn can be an occasional or recurring condition.

With the proper understanding of its symptoms, causes, and the treatments available, you can get relief so you can get back to whatís really important and feel better about yourself!

Heartburn Symptoms

Symptoms of heartburn, often called acid indigestion, may include:

Heartburn tends to become more common as you get older, often starting around age 35 and becoming more frequent once you reach 50 years old. 25% of pregnant women also experience frequent heartburn.


Heartburn Causes

In the simplest terms, heartburn occurs when stomach acid, used for digestion, backs up into a hollow tube called your esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a tight muscle located at the lower part of your esophagus, prevents food from traveling backward into your stomach. The LES opens to allow food to travel from the mouth to the stomach and then closes tightly. If the LES doesn't close properly, stomach acid can back up into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. The stomach actually has a special lining to protect itself from the acid but the esophagus does not have this protective barrier. If the LES does not close properly, the feeling that you most often experience is heartburn.

There are many triggers which contribute to heartburn pain:


Heartburn Treatment

There are three kinds of medicines for relief from heartburn:


Tips for Heartburn Prevention

In many cases, heartburn can be easily prevented by modifying your lifestyle to be more aware of the triggers that cause the condition.

Tips for helping you prevent heartburn include: