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Heartburn (Reflux) (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of heartburn?

The usual symptom of heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest. It can be accompanied by a sour taste at the back of the throat, or a feeling of food being stuck in the throat.

If heartburn symptoms are accompanied with shortness of breath, radiation to the arms or neck, dizziness or cold sweat, the person needs to be evaluated by a health care professional as soon as possible.

What foods and beverages aggravate heartburn?

  • Alcohol: Alcohol can relax the lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Coffee and orange or other acidic juices are some of the beverages that can worse or trigger heartburn.
  • Fatty foods, fried foods, and some acidic foods (oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes) as well as spicy foods can cause heartburn.

Every person reacts somewhat differently to specific food groups. To track what foods worsen your symptoms, keep a food journal. In this journal, you should keep track of what you eat, the time you ate, any activity that worsened or made the heartburn better, and indicate which days you have heartburn symptoms. Over time, you will be able to correlate the offending foods with heartburn events.

Heartburn Journal - Week of________________
Day Foods Eaten Heartburn Trigger
(Yes or No)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/3/2014


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