Sometimes Heartburn is More Than Just An Upset Stomach

2011-04-07 |

Aside from those lucky few with an iron stomach, the rest of us can relate to a meal that comes back for a visit at least a few times. While it can come following a sloppy, greasy burger, a fancy, expensive meal can just as easily decide to stay with us for an evening. In some cases, we can recognize what caused the heartburn, but in others, the reasons are not as clear.

Frequently, it is the spicy foods, fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine or even smoking that will cause a bout of heartburn. Carrying excess weight or being pregnant are also well-known possible causes. It does not make use feel any better knowing this, but the reasons can be easily explained. However, under other circumstance when heartburn occurs more often and with greater intensity, we may no longer be dealing with simple indigestion.

Although we may feel uncomfortable with out heartburn and may choose to take antacids or suffer through an episode, there are many situations in which it makes sense to investigate the cause of the heartburn. This is because in situations of chronic heartburn, there may be a more serious underlying problem that should be addressed. Failing to do so can have serious potential consequences.

How Many People Are Affected By Heartburn?

Heartburn is a very common experience that affects as many as 1 in 4 people at least each month. Pick any day and the odds of suffering for at least a couple hours is 1 in 20. The worst cases of chronic heartburn led to an increase of more than 100% in the number of patients being hospitalized from 1995 to 2008. Quite clearly, many people are affected and its overall effects on the population are getting worse.

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