In today’s world, life style has changed so much that we are becoming negligent of our day to day health. With increasing recession and layoff workload on current employees has increased many folds. Due to that most of us are becoming careless about our diet and problem of heart burn is spreading like wildfire. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, 25 million people experience that uncomfortable burning sensation in their chests every day, and more than one out of three people have heart burn at least once a month. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the risk factors for heart burn or what they can do to prevent it.
This article will help you putting out the heartburn fire by increasing your knowledge about the basics of heart burn and its symptoms. In my next post, I would give you some home therapies to deal with your heart burn.
What is heart burn?
Heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It usually begins as a burning pain when stomach acid flows back up your esophagus, the tube that carries food to your stomach. Heartburn is sometimes called acid indigestion and usually occurs after meals.
What are the symptoms of heart burns?
As per WebMD following are the symptoms that people can feel during heart burn:
- A burning feeling in the chest just behind the breastbone that occurs after eating and lasts a few minutes to several hours.
- Chest pain, especially after bending over, lying down or eating.
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- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Feeling of food “sticking” in the middle of the chest or throat.
- Heartburn may cause chronic cough, sore throat, or chronic hoarseness.
Why people confuse between heartburn and heart attack?
- A sharp, burning sensation just below the breastbone or ribs.
- Pain generally does not radiate to the shoulders, neck, or arms, but it can.
- Pain usually comes after meals, when lying on the back, when exercising or when experiencing anxiety.
- Symptoms usually respond quickly to antacids.
- Rarely accompanied by a cold sweat.
By now you must be comfortable with the basics of heartburn and factors that can cause heartburn. Generally, heartburn is mistaken as simple acidity problem and often neglected. I would suggest that you should discuss your heartburn problem with your physician. In the long term, it can have irreparable affects on your esophagus, which is a vital organ of your body. Let us look at home remedies for the heartburn, till then healthy eating!