heartburn
by dhearts.org
 

If your answer is "YES" to two or more of the following questions, you may have Heartburn.

1) Do you frequently have one or more of the following:

  • An uncomfortable feeling behind the breastbone that seems to be moving upward from the stomach?
  • A burning sensation in the back of your throat?
  • A bitter acid taste in your mouth?

2) Do you often experience these problems after meals?
3) Do you experience heartburn or acid indigestion two or more times per week?
4) Do you find that antiacids only provide temporary relief from your symptoms?
5) Are you taking prescription medication to treat heartburn, but still having symptoms?

Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart – it is a digestive problem that most of us might have suffered at one time or another.

Heartburn develops when small amounts of this acid rise up into the oesophagus.

To avoid heartburn and it symptoms from arising, here are some tips:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Avoid becoming overweight
  • Eat foods that are less likely to cause heartburn
  • Don't sleep immediately after your meal
  • Watch your posture, avoid bending over from the waist or stooping just after meals
  • Avoid tight belts and underclothes

There are many heartburn remedies that are available. Here are some:

  • Oil of Clove - Put a few drops of oil of clove in a glass of water and sip slowly.
  • Almonds - Eating raw almonds can relieve hearburn.

Over-the-counter treatments for mild heartburn are available, but if symptoms persist it is advised that you go and see your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may consider stronger medication or surgery if required.


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