Heartburn is burning chest pain behind the breastbone. If you feel chest pain after eating food or in the night while lying down or by bending, you are probably having heartburn.
Approximately 24 percent of the local population in Pakistan suffers from heartburn due to the growing trend of overeating coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle (Source).
If you have heartburn occasionally, that’s common and you should not worry about and you can counter it by taking some medication. But constant heartburn is alarming and you may probably have GERD. But GERD can have without heartburn.
Heartburn along with arm pain or chest pain can be a symptom of heart attack and you should seek medical care if constant heartburn occurs.
See a doctor immediately if you feel severe chest pain or and pressure. Chest pain along with pain in arm or jaw or difficulty breathing could be a sign of heart attack, so seek medical care right away.
Heartburn occurs due to acid reflux where some stomach contents are forced back to the esophagus resulting in a burning pain in the lower chest.
The condition called gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) where continuous reflux happens more than twice a week. Heartburn could be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The esophagus is the pathway of food from the mouth to the stomach.
What kind of food can cause heartburn?
Some foods and drinks become the cause of acid reflux but condition varies from person to person. Here are some foods and drinks listed below.
Pregnancy and overweight can also cause heartburn.
Heartburn can be dangerous and continuous heartburn can severely damage your esophagus. See a doctor if you feel frequent heartburn. Here are some natural ways to avoid normal heartburn.
Not all the mentioned ways are clinically proven. These natural ways are observed by fewer people.
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