Velocity Care provides you with information on treating and preventing the uncomfortable symptoms associated with heartburn
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a condition also known as acid reflux. It occurs when stomach acids begin to push back up into the esophagus and throat, causing an uncomfortable and sometimes painful burning sensation in the upper abdomen, chest and throat areas and often leaving an unpleasant taste in your mouth. If left untreated, chronic acid reflux can lead to permanent damage, causing sore throats, coughs and, in severe cases, damage to the esophagus and an increased risk of esophageal cancer. Heartburn actually has nothing to do with the heart at all, but some of its most common symptoms are similar to those of heart disease, angina or a heart attack.
Common symptoms of heartburn
There are many symptoms that come along with heartburn, and they can differ from person to person. Those who frequently experience heartburn complain of the following symptoms:
- Burning sensation in the chest or throat.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Feeling of food being stuck when swallowing.
- A sour or bitter taste in the back of the throat or in the mouth.
- Chest pain.
- Chronic cough.
- Sore throat.
Treatments for heartburn
To quickly relieve the symptoms of heartburn, take an over-the-counter antacid or heartburn medication, which you can find at your local drugstore or pharmacy. For those people that experience frequent bouts of acid reflux, there are medications that your physician can prescribe that will help to either neutralize the acid in your stomach or slow down the amount of acid your body produces. These medications will treat any immediate symptoms and will help to reduce the number of episodes of heartburn that you experience. The following can also help to minimize heartburn:
- Avoid fatty or spicy foods.
- Don’t smoke.
- Avoid lying down for at least three hours after eating.
- Sleep with your head propped up slightly higher than your body.
It is very important to remember that often the pains associated with heartburn are similar to the pains accompanying a heart attack. If you experience pain or burning in your chest, along with pain or numbness in the arms, neck or jaw; unusual fatigue; or a general feeling of being unwell, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Visit your nearest Velocity Care clinic for prompt medical attention.
If you are experiencing chronic acid reflux symptoms, a visit to the doctor is in order. Our staff of trained professionals can provide advice on simple diet and lifestyle changes that, coupled with the right medication, will reduce the frequency and severity of future heartburn attacks. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations today to find the walk-in clinic closest to you and put an end to the pain of heartburn for good.
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