Lose That Burning Feeling
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Did you know that heartburn has nothing to do with your heart? It’s actually a pain in the esophagus—the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you “Healthy Moments” from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
If you feel a burning-type pain in your chest once a week or less, try avoiding foods and drinks that may trigger it, such as caffeinated coffee, alcohol, or tomatoes. And over-the-counter medications, such as antacids, may be helpful.
If you feel heartburn twice a week or more, or have been using antacids for more than two weeks, see a doctor. She may prescribe medications or recommend lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or eating smaller meals. Don’t ignore the pain of frequent heartburn, because it can damage the lining of your esophagus.
And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK, or MyMajicDC.com . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
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