If something you’ve eaten often comes back to bite you, you are not alone. More than 20% of Americans have heartburn at least once a week. Heartburn not only brings distressing pain, but untreated, it can lead to serious physical complications.
Heartburn is triggered by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that permits acid to rise from the stomach after a meal. It causes an uncomfortable burning sensation that spreads through the middle of your chest. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you may think you are having a heart attack.
You’ve lived with food fights long enough!
In this Special Health report, Harvard doctors share treatments and advances to address heartburn, also known as acid reflux. These are strategies that can swiftly and successfully relieve heartburn symptoms, prevent recurrences, and restore the pleasure you get from the foods you love most.
You’ll discover options that are safe, affordable — and proven!
Heartburn is a matter of mechanics and chemistry. When a muscular ring at the base of the esophagus doesn’t close as it should, stomach acid can rise, causing heartburn. Over time, this can lead to inflammation of the esophagus requiring aggressive treatment.
can be your springboard to living without heartburn. The report is a practical guide packed with effective self-help techniques to manage heartburn and candid assessments of today’s most popular and prescribed medications.
You’ll learn the small changes that can add up to a big difference!
The good news is that many people can control the symptoms just by adjusting diet and eating patterns or with a simple change to the way you sleep. You’ll find nine foods you may want to go easy on, three things you should never do after eating, and one surprising and soothing habit that will keep stomach acid in its place.
You’ll get the bottom line on the top choices in medicines and more.
From Alka-Seltzer to Zantac, there are a host of heartburn relievers on the market. Which are best for you? The report charts the side effects and effectiveness of two dozen medications. Plus, you’ll read about helpful natural remedies, a “magnetic” therapy that’s drawing attention, and a minimally invasive procedure that can eliminate the need for all heartburn medications!
To your good health,
Howard E. LeWine, M.D.
Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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