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Heartburn


Heartburn:  Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest, just behind your breastbone. Heartburn pain is often worse when lying down or bending over. Occasional heartburn is common and no cause for alarm.

Almost everyone has heartburn sometimes. If you have heartburn very often, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
 
Normally when food or liquid enters your stomach, a band of muscle at the end of your esophagus closes off the esophagus. This band is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). If this band does not close tightly enough, food or stomach acid can back up (reflux) into the esophagus. The stomach contents can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn and other symptoms.

Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. More frequent heartburn that interferes with your daily routine may be a symptom of something more serious that requires help from a doctor.


More frequent heartburn that interferes with your daily routine may be a symptom of something more serious that requires help from a doctor.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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