Heartburn – Causes

Do you suffer from heartburn?

For many, heartburn can result in pain, heat or a burning sensation from beneath your sternum and upper abdomen. Often referred to as indigestion, acid regurgitation or sour stomach, heartburn occurs when food and stomach juices back up into the esophagus. Heartburn can lead to issues with swallowing, burping, nausea, and bloating, which can result in symptoms that last for 2+ hours. Symptoms can lead to poor sleep patterns, chronic cough, asthma, wheezing, or choking episodes.

The causes of heartburn can include:
• Incomplete closing of the valve between the esophagus and stomach
• Pressure on the stomach from obesity, bending over, lifting, tight clothes, or pregnancy
• Certain food, drinks or medications
• Smoking and use of other tobacco products
• Stress

How your heartburn is treated can depend on the severity, symptoms and your health. Treatment should be discussed with your physician or pharmacist and can often include medication and/or lifestyle changes.