Heartburn is most often described as a pain in the upper area of the chest near the throat. It is often identified by a “burning sensation.” Heartburn pain can also be felt at the middle to upper levels of the back. Most people suffer from heartburn at one time or another in their life. In fact, heartburn does not even originate or reside in the heart. It is a digestive problem! Heartburn is generally the result of certain meals and incorrect postures that people bring upon themselves. Most heartburn brought on by meals and posture and can often be relieved by common remedies used for indigestion.
Heartburn occurs when small amounts of stomach acid rise up into the esophagus (this is referred to as reflux). The body has a small muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts as a barrier keeping stomach acid from rising up into the esophagus. When this small flap-like muscle does not function correctly, the result is Acid Reflux, which if left untreated can cause esophagitis (inflamed andulcerated esophagus).
Heartburn is not a minor or even a trivial problem. Heartburn can have a large impact on the productivity and daily routine of those who suffer from it. Persistent heartburn could be a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), if left untreated this could lead to ulcers of the esophagus, asthma and a chronic cough.
Today, a large variety of both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to help control heartburn. It is recommended that you explore these options with your doctor if you frequently suffer from heartburn or acid reflux.