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What is Heartburn?

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What is Heartburn? So heartburn is the feeling of a burning sensation that people feel behind the chest bone, commonly goes all the way up to the neck and people usually feel it after eating a large meal. We believe today that the cause for heartburn is what we call acid reflux. And acid reflux is whenever gastric content, which is usually acidic, goes back into the esophagus that leads to heartburn symptoms. A lot of people use the term heartburn and acid reflux as/to/they represent the same thing but actually heartburn is the symptom and acid reflux is truly the event that leads to heartburn symptoms. So when you hear people say acid reflux disease, they usually mean gastroesophageal reflux disease. It doesn't mean that acid reflux can lead just to heartburn - it can lead to other symptoms so that's why heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. It is one of the symptoms that acid reflux can lead to.

Heartburn Causes

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Heartburn Causes. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a disorder and it's a disorder of the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. So it's not really the food that you eat that causes the heartburn, it's the food that you eat in the presence of the dysfunction of this barrier that leads to symptoms. What happens is that as we eat the food, there is distention of the upper part of the stomach. That distention leads to some sudden relaxation of the sphincter that separated between the esophagus and the stomach. That sudden relaxation allows stomach content to come back into the esophagus leading to, what we call acid reflux and as a result, heartburn. Eating a meal, especially a large meal that is rich with fat or a spicy meal, that commonly leads to reflux. Meals that contain (photos of fresh onions, orange juice and oranges, pasta, and peppermint mints) fresh onions, for example, citrus juice, tomato juice, peppermint... A good example for a food product that can lead to heartburn is pizza (photo of pizza) because it is rich with fat and tomato sauce which can cause heartburn for some patients.
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Other Heartburn Causes
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Other Heartburn Causes. Food is the main trigger for Gastroesophageal reflux disease related symptoms but there is evidence that other activities may lead to symptoms. Certain exercises can lead to more reflux. Any exercises that lead to an increased in abdominal pressure can lead, in some people, in some people I have to emphasize, to more reflux. It's just that exercise is good for you but you have to be aware of the fact that when you exercise you have more symptoms or more reflux and as a result you have to address that by taking care of yourself with medications or letting your doctor know Stress can exacerbate GERD related symptoms, like heartburn. Studies have shown that up to 64 percent of the GERD patients report that stress exacerbates their symptoms. In addition, anxiety may lead to more GERD-related symptoms. People that are anxious tend to report more heartburn. As people gain more weight, they are more likely to develop Gastroesophageal reflux disease. So, increasing weight is associated with a higher likelihood of having heartburn, of having esophageal inflammation, developing complications of Gastroesophageal reflux disease. There is also evidence that as people by losing weight, patients with Gastroesophageal reflux improve.

Night-time Heartburn

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Treating Night-time Heartburn
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Treating Night-time Heartburn. Now if you do wake up during the night and you have heartburn, the best way to relieve it quickly is by using antacids, like Tums, for example. If you take it, it can relieve your heartburn relatively quickly. Now, in addition, you can do some lifestyle modifications. The first one - it's very important that your last meal of the day, the one you usually eat before you go to sleep, should be done at least three hours before you go to sleep. In addition, make sure it's not too heavy. Heavy meals are associated with high likely hood of experiencing heartburn during sleep. And make sure that this meal isn't rich with fat, spicy food and the other food products that we've discussed that can trigger more heartburn symptoms.
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Relief and Management

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Relief and Management. The cause for heartburn is what we call acid reflex. And acid reflex is whenever gastric content, which is usually acidic, goes back into the esophagus that leads to heartburn symptoms. So we don't have right now any treatment that can help us to cure heartburn. What we have at this point is treatment that helps us to deal with reflux. There are three main classes of drugs for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Antacids, like Tums, work relatively quick because they neutralize the acid in the esophagus as well as in the stomach. The second class of drugs are H2 blockers. And there are several types of H2 blockers. The H2 blockers - what they do is they block any point of receptor that sits on the cell that makes acid in the stomach. They block that receptor and by that, they reduce acid production. The H2 blockers have been used in the past and today in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. But, their effect is not as good as proton pump inhibitors. So a proton pump inhibitor is a medication that prevents production of acid in the stomach. What it does, it blocks the pump within the cells of the stomach that produce acid from making acid. PPIs are basically the best anti-reflux medication that we currently have. And this class of drug truly revolutionized the treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease by the fact that they provide a profound and consistent reduction in acid production.

Breakthrough Heartburn

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