Heart Burn / GERD
What is Gastroesophageal
disease, also called GERD is the abnormal backflow of
stomach acid and juices into the esophagus. The
esophagus is the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs in infants too.
Infants who have gastroesophageal reflux disease may not
gain weight, may have respiratory problems and may
develop more slowly.
Why Does Backflow Occur?
This backflow occurs when
the valve between the lower end of the esophagus and the
stomach does not close tightly enough.
Symptoms of Gastroesophageal
The most common symptom of
gastroesophageal reflux disease is a frequent heartburn.
Heartburn is often described as a feeling of burning,
warmth, heat, or pain just behind the breastbone,
commonly referred to as heartburn. The burning sensation
usually occurs after eating. If you have
your breastbone, you need to make sure there is not a
problem with your heart. Occasional heartburn does not
mean you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. In
gastroesophageal reflux disease, the heartburn lasts
longer and occurs more often.
Symptoms of Gastroesophageal
A sour or bitter taste in
the mouth | Difficulty swallowing | Ear, nose, and
throat problems | Chest
pain | Nausea, often in the
Causes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
Overeating or bending
forward after eating occasionally causes heartburn and
a sour taste in the mouth.
aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disease. It
can aggravates gastroesophageal reflux disease
because it jostles the stomach and can slow
gastric emptying and digestion. To prevent
aggravation of gastroesophageal reflux disease
while running, eat a small, low-fat meal at
least an hour before running. (Fatty foods can
trigger heartburn). Maintaining good running
posture will also help.
Treatment Options for Gastroesophageal
Treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease
are aimed at reducing the abnormal backflow of
the stomach acid and juices. Some of the most
common treatments for gastroesophageal reflux
antacids | acid reducers | prescription medication
severe cases) |
What is Heart Burn?
Heart burn is a discomfort
or pain caused by the stomach contents
traveling up from the stomach up into the gullet
(lower part of your esophagus). The gullet is
not made to withstand acid and is irritated and
inflamed when acid from the stomach travels up
into it. Sometimes the
pain caused by
can also be felt in the mid-line of the back.
Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart.
Heart burn is a digestive problem.
Heart burn is
usually related to meals and posture and can
often be relieved by remedies for indigestion.
Most people suffer from
heart burn at one time
or another during their lifetime. If you have
heartburn, you might have a bitter taste in your
mouth from stomach acid.
Heart burn is also called reflux esophagitis.
What are the Symptoms of Heart Burn?
main symptoms are: burning sensation in the
center of the chest and belching.
What Causes Heart Burn?
Heart burn is caused by a faulty muscle in the
stomach. There is a "flap" at the top of the
stomach that stops food from traveling back up
into the esophagus. Sometimes the flap doesn't
work properly and stomach acid escapes from the
stomach. When the acid escapes,
occurs. Factors that contribute to
smoking, eating large meals, being
overweight, and wearing tight clothing around
Is Heart Burn Caused by Hiatal Hernia?
Hiatal hernia is
a very common condition. It occurs when the
stomach partially sits in the chest cavity
through a weakness in the diaphragm. Sometimes,
a persistent hiatal hernia can cause
However, many people who experience heartburn do
not have a hiatal hernia. Also, many people with
a hiatal hernia do not experience
Your doctor can determine if
heart burn is
caused by a hiatal hernia.
Heart Burn Statistics:
the United States, about 50% of the population
has heart burn at least once a month. About 7%
of the population has
heart burn daily.
How is Heart Burn Treated?
Heart burn can be treated by antacids or medication
provided by your doctor.
Complications of Heart Burn:
heart burn is not controlled, it can cause
serious complications. Some common complications
of heart burn are:
Esophageal bleeding | Esophageal ulcer |
Barrett's esophagus | Strictures | Increased
risk of esophageal