What Does Heartburn Feel Like

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Published on September 29, 2009

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What Does Heartburn Feel Like? : http://www.megavista-health.com/articles/health-condition-articles/heartburn-or-angina-symptoms What Does Heartburn Feel Like? Megavista-Health.com What Does Heartburn Feel Like? : What Does Heartburn Feel Like? Medically termed pyrosis Burning sensation in the chest Other symptoms are usually present that can aid in identification Most common location for heartburn discomfort is just below the breastbone About 1 in 5 people experience heartburn at least once per week Causes of Heartburn : Malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter Sphincter keeps the contents of the stomach contained When the sphincter malfunctions, acidic contents of the stomach travel up the esophagus Acids cause burning sensation Causes of Heartburn Other Symptoms of Heartburn : Other Symptoms of Heartburn Lasts from a few minutes to several hours Often worsens when patient is lying down Can feel as though food gets stuck in the chest Can be difficult to swallow Burning sensation can travel up the throat Sour or acidic tasting fluid in the back of the throat Is it serious? : Is it serious? In most cases, the condition is merely a nuisance Frequent heartburn can lead to further complications Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) Long term can result in ulcers or esophageal cancer Contributing Factors to Heartburn : Contributing Factors to Heartburn Smoking Obesity Pregnancy Tight-fitting clothing or tight belts Stress Certain medications Other Medical Conditions : Other Medical Conditions Those who have never experienced it may wonder, “What does heartburn feel like?” Medical conditions can be mistaken for heartburn – e.g. angina Try diet and lifestyle modifications Antacids should ease the pain Pain that radiates down the arms or to the shoulders, seek medical attention to be evaluated for angina Learn More : Learn More At Megavista Health, we focus on positive, holistic health and nutrition. Visit our website to learn more about heartburn or angina symptoms http://www.megavista-health.com/articles/health-condition-articles/heartburn-or-angina-symptoms

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