Could that gnawing, burning feeling in your chest be due to heartburn?
Most people at some point will deal with a bout of heartburn, most likely the result of something they ate. Of course, if you’ve been noticing heartburn more often than not then you may be a bit more concerned. Could there be something more serious going on? How can you treat your symptoms and reduce heartburn attacks? Our Clearwater, FL, gastroenterologists, Dr. Umesh Choudhry and Dr. Gourisankar Degala, are here to answer your questions.
What is heartburn?
So, you know that you feel a miserable burning sensation in your throat and chest but you aren’t quite sure what’s going on in there. Heartburn, also called indigestion, occurs when the acids in your stomach travel backwards into the esophagus. Heartburn is often a very good indicator that you are dealing with a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).
How do you know it’s heartburn?
Anytime people experience this burning sensation in their chest they worry that it might actually be their heart and not heartburn at all. Of course, if you are dealing with a heart condition you may notice heart palpitations or changes in the rhythm of your heart. You may feel as if there is something sitting on your chest or you may experience shortness of breath. If you notice any of these symptoms then you need seek emergency medical care immediately.
What can cause heartburn?
Heartburn can occur after eating certain acidic or spicy foods, after eating a large meal in one sitting, or after lying down or going to bed immediately after eating. Those who are overweight or obese, as well as pregnant women are more likely to deal with heartburn.
Should I treat my heartburn?
If you are dealing with heartburn pretty regularly this is an issue that you will need to address to prevent serious complications such as esophageal damage. If over-the-counter heartburn medications aren’t helping keep your symptoms under control then it’s the perfect time to visit our Clearwater GI specialist for care.
Are you concerned about your heartburn? Wondering how to get your GERD under control? Then it’s time you called Advanced Digestive Care in Clearwater, FL, to help you get your heartburn under control. Call our office today!