Despite the name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Heartburn is a digestive problem that occurs when stomach acid comes into contact with the lining of the esophagus, causing irritation.
Here are the most asked questions about heartburn:
How Common Is Heartburn?
We see on TV a lot of commercials about people suffering from heartburn after eating spicy foods, but exactly how common is heartburn?
What Are Heartburn Symptoms?
Heartburn (reflux) is a symptom of another digestive disorder, and not a disorder by itself. There are several signs that may mean you are suffering from an episode of heartburn.
What Causes Heartburn?
You may suffer from heartburn because you ate a spicy meal or ate too much at a family gathering, but there is a physical reason for heartburn to occur.
What Increases the Risk of Having Heartburn?
A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition. As with any other condition, there are things that can increase your chance of suffering from heartburn.
Is There a Way to Prevent Heartburn?
You can sometimes relieve, and in many cases prevent, heartburn with a few self-care remedies. This involves making a few lifestyle and diet changes.