Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Treatment in Downers Grove & Hinsdale

Occasional heartburn is common in adults and should not cause alarm. Heartburn is caused by an irritation in the esophagus by stomach acid. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Seeking medical care for heartburn should be considered when heartburn is more frequent and interferes with a person’s daily life.

Symptoms of Heartburn

A common symptom of heartburn is acid in the stomach that refluxes into the esophagus and causes pain. Symptoms of heartburn tend to be more prevalent after large meals and this pain can worsen when lying down or bending over. Many people can mistake the burning sensation behind the sternum or breastbone as a symptom of a heart attack.

When to seek medical care:

  • Heartburn occurring on a weekly basis
  • Symptoms continue while taking over-the-counter medications
  • Chest pain is experienced while laying down
  • Experiencing acid fluid in the back of the throat that causes a burning sensation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss due to poor appetite or difficulty swallowing

Heartburn & Acid Reflux

Common Causes of Heartburn

Common foods we eat and drink can stimulate increased stomach acid resulting in heartburn. Examples of foods and drinks that can cause heartburn are:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Acidic Juices (citrus drinks, pineapple juice and apple juice)
  • Acidic Foods (tomatoes, chocolate, grains and sugar)

Treating Heartburn in Downers Grove & Hinsdale

If you are experiencing the symptoms of heartburn, your doctor may suggest antacids for the treatment of the occasional heartburn. In more serious cases, stronger medications may be needed.

Your physician may also suggest lifestyle changes that may help ease your heartburn symptoms, such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding foods that trigger your heartburn
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Avoiding lying down after your meal

If you are suffering from heartburn, contact your physician today at Digestive Health Services, SC at (630) 434-9312 for any additional questions you have about treatment.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/basics/definition/con-20019545
http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/