Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone.
The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.
Heartburn is more common during pregnancy.
Most people get heartburn after meals, but can also awaken people while they are sleeping.
People also may experience heartburn after eating specific foods or drinking certain beverages.
It is an irritation of the esophagus, the tube that connects your throat and stomach.
It’s caused by stomach acid. This leads to a burning discomfort in your upper belly or below your breastbone.
Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. But some of the symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease.
Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications.
Symptoms of Heart Burn
- A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
- Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
- Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth
- Difficulty in Swallowing,
- Chronic Cough,
- Stomach pain or burning in the upper abdomen,
- Persistent sore throat,
- Regurgitation of foods or liquids with a taste of acid in the throat, and
- Persistent hoarseness or laryngitis.
How to know if you are having a heart attack or heartburn
- If you think that you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately to save your life.
- A heart attack and heartburn can have the same symptoms, for example, be the same, for example, heartburn is a symptom of another disease or condition, for example, chest pain, shortness of breath, and nausea and vomiting.
- Heart attack signs and symptoms that are not the same as in heartburn include, for example, dizziness, toothache, and headache while heartburn symptoms include problems swallowing, persistent sore throat, hoarseness, laryngitis or re-flux laryngitis
Reasons Why People Get Heart Burns
Certain foods and drinks can trigger heartburn in some people, including:
- Spicy foods
- Citrus products
- Tomato products, such as ketchup
- Fatty or fried foods
- Alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee or other caffeinated beverages
- Large or fatty meals
- Being overweight or pregnant also can increase your risk of experiencing heartburn.
How to get rid of heartburn
- Eat a healthy diet,
- Drink foods that are low in calories, and avoiding caffeine,
- Stop smoking, and
- Sleep with your head elevated with pillow.
- Over-The-Counter, prescription, and surgery may be necessary to cure heartburn.
If symptoms persist consult an Internist (a doctor who specializes in internal medicine) or a Gastroenterologist (a doctor who treats diseases of the stomach and intestines. Doctors usually recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to relieve heartburn).