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HeartBurn: Causes, Symptoms, Complications & Treatment

  • What is HeartBurn

Heartburn is a burning type chest pain usually lower chest caused by gastric reflux. It causes bitter or acidic taste in the mouth, depending on gastric reflux contents. It usually occurs after eating and wosens when lying down or bending over

Heartburn
Heartburn

Heartburns which are occasional are common and no cause for alarm. However frequent or interfering with routine activity require medical attention

  • Cause

It occur when lower esophageal sphincter is not tight enough to prevent reflux of gastric contents. Associated sliding hiatus hernia aggravates the problem

  • Risk Factors

Ceratin foods and drinks can aggravate heart burn. Obesity and pregnancy can also increase risk. Drinks and food which increase risk include: Alcohol, Coffee, Fried or fatty foods, chocolate, onions, spicy foods

  • Complications

Acid Reflux can cause esophagus sricture and esophageal cancer. It can be the cause of prolonged cough

  • Medical Management
  • First is life style modifications

Avoid smoking and alcohol
Reduce weight and regular exercise
Avoid lying down immediately after food intake
Small frequent meal

  • Medicines available for treatment of heartburn are proton pump inhibitors which include pantocid/rabeprazole. Should be taken on empty stomach

Heart Burn Surgery

Nissen fundoplication is the surgery for heartburn

Consult Dr Amit jain best Gastroenterologist in Noida Delhi NCR for acidity treatment

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