Heartburn Treatments: What You Need To Know

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Jennifer Larson

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If you’ve ever clutched your chest and winced after a big meal, you’ve felt the burn. Heartburn occurs when the acid from your stomach flows back up into your esophagus and even your throat, causing that painful burning sensation in your chest. Or it might feel like a bitter or sour fluid at the back of your throat. It often occurs when your lower esophageal sphincter, which is a band of muscle at the bottom of your esophagus, has weakened and allows your stomach contents to leak out instead of remaining in your stomach.  

Heartburn can be caused by a number of factors, such as pregnancy, hiatal hernia, and even certain medications. Fortunately, a few simple lifestyle changes reduce or even eliminate the problem for many people. Others may find they need to incorporate several strategies, including changes and medications or other treatments, to get the best results.

Medical Reviewer: Robert Williams, MD Last Review Date: Apr 9, 2013