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Heartburn/GERD

Heartburn is often called acid indigestion. A person who suffers from heartburn will experience a burning sensation in the chest after eating meals. Heartburn is associated with GERD. This is gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD can also be a symptom of a certain heart disease and it can often be misdiagnosed. Acid reflux leads to the inflammation of the food tube in the body which is the esophagus. Heartburn can be a sign of a heart attack. To diagnose this problem the doctor will order a series of test which may include an upper GI series. This is a test of the gastrointestinal system.

To treat heartburn the underlying cause must be treated first. If your heartburn is caused by certain foods that you eat, then your doctor or nutritionist will often recommend that you avoid spicy and fatty fried foods. They will give you a diet sheet with a list of healthy foods to help you avoid getting heartburn. It is important that you eat a healthy and well balanced diet. You can learn how to live a heartburn-free life by following your doctor’s orders. Heartburn can be very uncomfortable, painful, and can cause nausea and vomiting.

Stomach acid is what irritates the esophagus can causes one to experience heartburn. Avoid overeating because this can make heartburn worse. Avoid lying down or bending over right after meals. You should give your food time to digest. The digestion process may take about two hours. Coffee, carbonated drinks, tomatoes, chocolate, fatty foods, fried foods, and onions are some foods that will make heartburn worse. Drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking will also contribute to heartburn. Certain prescribed medication such as those that are prescribed for high blood pressure may lead to heartburn. If you are suffering from heartburn, then you need to get medical attention to determine the underlying cause. Your health is what matters most.

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