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Heartburn

Also called: GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Acid Reflux, Esophageal Reflux

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Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. With gravity's help, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal...
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The basic cause of heartburn is an underactive lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, that doesn't tighten as it should. Two excesses often contribute...
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Unlike happy spitters, babies are diagnosed with GERD if the vomiting seems to be causing significant problems, such as: discomfort and pain...
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The most common symptoms of reflux in kids are: Frequent or recurrent vomiting. Frequent or persistent cough. Refusing to eat or difficulty eating...
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I would not add any more medications on your regimen without consulting your health-care professional and getting the condition looked at. It is...
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This is a great question because there is currently much debate about this issue. Recent studies have shown that long-term use of PPIs can lead to an...
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Heartburn is a daily occurrence for 10% of Americans and 50% of pregnant women. It's an occasional nuisance for another 30% of the population. Common...
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Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. (Some of the symptoms, however, are similar to those of a heart attack or heart disease...
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Severe heartburn and asthma often go hand-in-hand. Recent studies show that up to 89% of those with asthma also suffer from severe heartburn, known...
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There are so[me] normal changes that occur in pregnancy which may cause some pain ... Progesterone, a hormone that is high in pregnancy can cause the...
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GERD happens when acid from your stomach enters the tube (esophagus) that connects your mouth to your stomach. This may cause a burning feeling in...
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Yes. Heartburn is a common side effect of many medications, from aspirin to osteoporosis drugs to steroids.
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Simple heartburn that passes relatively quickly isn't dangerous -- certainly not life-threatening. But chronic, severe heartburn, especially with...
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Many doctors and pharmacists suggest over-the-counter antacids for occasional heartburn. If heartburn symptoms persist, your doctor may suggest...
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One safe, first step is to cut out any foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn symptoms. Coffee, chocolate, carbonated drinks, spicy foods...
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