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How To Deal With Heartburn Symptoms

By Larry Madden

Heartburn is the most common complaint heard about the digestive system. Once the hydrochloric acid from the stomach enters the esophagus – the food tube that connects the mouth with the stomach – it inflames and irritates the unprotected lining of the tube and causes heartburn.

The most common symptoms of heartburn include a burning pain starting behind the breastbone and ribs and radiating upwards the throat. After a meal is when the pain ordinarily begins.

One may experience a feeling of liquid coming up the throat from the stomach. A bitter or sour taste you experience inside the mouth is felt in a number of cases.

The pain becomes worse when bending over or laying down. The other symptoms include burping and a feeling of bloating.

If heartburn is due to Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), sleep problems, chronic cough, asthma, hoarseness, tightness in the throat, laryngitis, wheezing, bad breath, sore throat, ear infection, dental erosion and sinus infection are the issues that will probably be experienced by the patient.

It is truly essential to tell the difference between heart attack and heartburn symptoms. Heart attack symptoms include tightness, pressure or pain in the center of the chest.

The pain spreads to the shoulders, neck and arms, mostly to the left side. The heart patients experience cold sweat, nausea and vomiting, weakness and dizziness. There is normal shortness of breath. Except for pain in the chest, which is common to heartburn and heart attack, others are heart-attack specific.

Heartburn is very serious once it comes with abdominal pain and or bleeding. It may be indicative of peptic ulcers, gall bladder disease, a tear in the esophagus or inflammation of the stomach (gastritis).

Heartburn with vomiting blood indicates bleeding in the esophagus or stomach. This causes the stools to be dark.

Numerous tests are done to confirm and determine the severity of heartburn linked to GERD. They are upper GI endoscopy, upper GI series, esophageal manometry and 24-hour pH monitor.

Although the symptoms of heartburn may be felt and detected by patients, persistent heartburn may be a symptom of more serious conditions like hiatal hernia, esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus or even esophagus cancer.

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Madden, Larry "How To Deal With Heartburn Symptoms." How To Deal With Heartburn Symptoms. 25 Jul. 2010. 18 May 2016 <>.

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