What Does Heartburn Feel Like

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Patients who have never experienced heartburn often wonder, "What does heartburn feel like?" Learn more about the symptoms of heartburn and angina.

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What Does Heartburn Feel Like

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

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