What should you know about heartburn?
What is the definition of heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom that feels like a burning in your chest, and is a symptom of acid reflux (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Do most people get heartburn?
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.
What can heartburn be a sign or symptom of?
Symptoms of acid reflux that may accompany heartburn include difficulty 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 can you get rid of heartburn?
Heartburn can be relieved and cured for many people with lifestyle changes, for example, 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.