Heartburn is the burning feeling that begins in the chest (near the vicinity of the heart), it may travel to the throat, and is usually accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth. Heartburn is the main symptom of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). What is happening is that a bit of stomach acid and stomach contents escaped the stomach.
Heartburn can often be managed by self-care. Symptoms can be treated at home. Making some simple changes can reduce and often eliminate heartburn occurrences. Heartburn should be managed to eliminate acid damage to the esophagus. Sores, burns, irritation, inflammation, and discoloration are some of the effects from stomach acids washing up over the esophagus walls.
The following conditions can put someone at risk for heartburn
Quick remedies to relieve symptoms
Quick changes to prevent heartburn occurrences
Long term changes to reduce heartburn occurrences
When heartburn cannot be managed with self-care, is occurring several times a week, regularly interrupting sleep, and/or returns immediately when antacids wear off, it may be a sign to seek medical attention to avoid complications of heartburn. Medical attention may include prescription heartburn medication, surgery, or new minimally invasive procedures.