Heartburn

Heartburn
Heartburn, also known as pyrosis cardialgia, or acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or in the epigastrium. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw.Heartburn is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux) which is the major symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • People can be reassured that while alcohol may slow down digestion after a rich calorific meal, enjoyed by many during the Christmas season, it will not cause indigestion symptoms such as heartburn, belching and bloating, finds research in the Christmas issue published on bmj.com.
  • If you are in the habit of popping an antacid every time heartburn strikes you, think again. If the antacid or drinking cold milk does not provide you with the relief you want, then you might be in for a serious bout of Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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