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Heartburn - Understanding Heartburn / Acid Reflux

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. Most people suffer from heartburn occasionally, usually after a meal. How do you know when your heartburn is considered chronic? When should you be concerned about the heartburn? When should you see the doctor about your heartburn?
  1. Causes of Heartburn
  2. Preventing Heartburn
  3. Surgical Options
  4. Heartburn Basics (23)
  5. GERD (4)
  6. Treating Heartburn (3)
  7. Foods and Recipes (2)
  8. Self-Care Stategies (10)
  9. Support Groups (2)
  10. Gifts (18)

Keeping a Heartburn Diary
When you suffer from heartburn, it is important to find out what is triggering your heartburn. This can be done by keeping a heartburn diary.

Is There a Cure for Heartburn?
Can heartburn be cured or just treated?

Talking To Your Doctor About Your Heartburn
When does heartburn you are suffering from signal something more serious, and when should you talk to the doctor about it?

Heartburn New Year's Resolutions
The beginning of a new year has always been a time we reflect on the changes we want or need to make. It is a time we make resolutions for change, and resolve to follow through on those changes. If you are thinking about making some changes in the coming new year on how you approach the care and treatment of your heartburn, the resolutions...

Index of Digestive Disorder FAQs
Find answers to common questions about GERD, hiatal hernias, ulcers, and about complications of those disorders.

Digestive Disorders Screening Quizzes
Do you think you are suffering from GERD, a hiatal hernia or an ulcer? Take one of these quizzes and then talk to your doctor.

When Does Your Heartburn Strike?
If you know when your heartburn is most likely to occur, there are steps you can take ahead of time to prevent it.

When Does Your Heartburn Strike?
If you know when your heartburn is most likely to occur, there are steps you can take ahead of time to prevent it.

Quick Tips For Preventing The Occasional Heartburn
The following tips will help you avoid that occasional bout of heartburn. If these measures don't work, however, or your heartburn keeps returning, occuring two or more times a week, talk to your doctor. You may have a more serious condition than just heartburn.

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Heartburn Tips
With a few simple lifestyle changes that you can make and some tips you can follow, you can relieve your heartburn.

Why Do I Still Have Heartburn?
You are at your ideal weight, have been following a low-acid diet, are avoiding the foods that can cause heartburn, and are taking antacids -- but you still have heartburn. Why?

Women and Heartburn
Women don't have heartburn more frequently than men, except in one situation: Pregnancy. Women can take to prevent heartburn.

Medications That May Cause Heartburn
It isn't just food that can cause heartburn. Sometimes it's the medications we take to treat other conditions that can be the culprit. Some medications can cause heartburn by relaxing the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.

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