Heartburn Can Be More Serious than It Sounds
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The holidays usually mean good food and tasty treats, but for some, the holidays also mean heartburn.
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.
Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is a burning feeling in the chest or throat. It can be worsened by eating certain foods such as citrus, chocolate, fatty or fried foods, and beverages with caffeine or alcohol.
Persistent heartburn may mean you have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Left untreated, GERD can cause serious complications, so see a doctor if you feel heartburn twice a week or more. They can recommend treatments including lifestyle changes and medications.
And for more information, 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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