Navigation Links
Heartburn Can Be a Sign of Serious Disease
Date:8/31/2007

Left untreated, acid reflux symptoms can cause throat strictures, cancer, group warns

FRIDAY, Aug. 31 (HealthDay News) -- More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn once a month and more than 15 million suffer heartburn every day, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

Heartburn occurs when stomach contents and gastric acid are regurgitated into the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth and the stomach.

The college offers the following information about heartburn, along with tips on how to keep it under control:

  • Heartburn can be more than just uncomfortable, it can be a sign of a serious problem called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms of GERD include burning chest pain, regurgitation of bitter or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, and excessive clearing of the throat.
  • Left untreated, persistent heartburn/GERD symptoms can lead to severe complications such as esophageal strictures or a precancerous condition called Barrett's Esophagus. In rare cases, people with persistent heartburn/GERD develop esophageal cancer.
  • Eating smaller meals, controlling your weight, avoiding tight-fitting clothes, and avoiding heavy lifting/straining are all ways of reducing heartburn. Don't lie down after meals, because that makes it easier for stomach contents (including acid) to back up into the esophagus. Do not eat for three to four hours before you go to bed.
  • Avoid common heartburn triggers such as smoking, caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, fatty and spicy foods, and tomato sauces.
  • Pregnancy may increase the risk of GERD symptoms.
  • Infrequent heartburn can be controlled with antacids, H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors.
  • See a doctor if you: have heartburn two or more times a week; don't get lasting relief from medication; have difficulty swallowing, especially solid foods; have choking, wheezing, hoarseness or unexplained weight loss; experience chronic or recurrent GERD symptoms that last for more than a year.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about heartburn and GERD.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Gastroenterology, news release, August 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Eating wrong foods may cause heartburns at night
2. Heartburn drugs linked to bacterial diarrhea
3. No More Dietary Restriction for Heartburn Patients - Study Says
4. Want To Prevent Heartburn? Watch Out What And When You Eat
5. New Study Links Bad Breath to Heartburn, GERD
6. Holiday Season Could Ring in “Heartburn Season
7. Taking Drugs for Heartburn may Cause Fractured Hip
8. Heartburn Shadowing Modern India
9. Childrens snoring may indicate a serious problem
10. Socialization A Serious Trouble For Childhood Cancer Survivors
11. Viagra May Be Useful For Serious Lung Disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Paul Vitenas, MD, FACS , ... Top Doctor. The annual list identifies the nation’s top physicians, in a variety of ... it to the top of Castle Connolly’s coveted ranking. , Castle Connolly is the ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 16, 2017 , ... A global ... has successfully opened clubfoot clinics in all 29 Indian states—bringing the country one step ... in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, the nonprofit organization is on track to enroll 10,000 children ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... the endoscope after every reprocessing cycle, both between patient procedures and before storage, ... infections. Drying is as important to the prevention of disease transmission and nosocomial ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... Fusion Flix Inc., a ... programming over four countries and millions of viewers in a partnership with the Amazon ... buy On-Demand and fully available on Blu Ray disc in 2018. Proceeds will be ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... August 16, 2017 , ... ... eBook, 9781498499620    ) shares that during the time of a cancer diagnosis, surgery and ... God's love, and all the many ways God shows love to those who ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/8/2017)...  BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company ... results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. ... 2017 and to date: ... the Company,s lead project, BL-8040: Announced ... as novel stem cell mobilization treatment for autologous bone-marrow ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... -- Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent specialty ... 2017.  All comparisons, unless otherwise noted, are to the quarter ... Second Quarter 2017 Highlights include: ... of 3.5% Total prescriptions dispensed of 220,000, ... versus 7.6% Gross profit per prescription ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... Aug. 2, 2017 Fenita J. ... as a Pinnacle Lifetime Professional in the Field ... Manager at Turing Pharmaceuticals, AG. Her skills and ... relationship building.                ... 25 years of experience as a highly successful ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: