When you hear the word “heartburn,” you probably don’t immediately make the leap to “cancer.” But Sam Douglass does. It’s easy to dismiss that uncomfortable burning in your chest as the inevitable consequence of a particularly heavy meal, but chronic heartburn is more serious than you may realize. Though still rare, esophageal cancer related to … Continue reading How this man’s heartburn led to cancer
We all experience the occasional bout of heartburn, or acid reflux, especially after a particularly large or fatty meal. Although uncomfortable, that burning sensation in your chest likely doesn’t cause much concern. But did you know that heartburn has actually been linked to esophageal cancer? Chronic heartburn, often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, … Continue reading Chronic heartburn linked to one of the fastest-growing cancers in America
Pie, gravy, potatoes, cookies — many of the foods traditionally served at holiday meals are also some of the hardest to digest. Unpleasant heartburn symptoms can put a damper on your holiday celebrations. For the more than 40 million Americans who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, these symptoms are even more serious. GERD … Continue reading Eat this, not that, to avoid holiday heartburn
If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone. It’s a weekly occurrence for 20 percent of Americans. But as medications to treat heartburn are now being linked to a growing number of complications, more patients are exploring alternative ways to relieve symptoms. A class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed for … Continue reading Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
What does GERD stand for and what are the classic symptoms? GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Typical symptoms are frequent heartburn, which is by far the most common complaint. Other symptoms include nausea, feeling of food or liquid coming up into one’s mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, pain in the mid-chest or upper abdomen, … Continue reading GERD is more than heartburn; key questions answered
Almost everyone experiences digestive troubles from time to time that include upset stomachs, heartburn or acid reflux. Heck, have too many buffalo wings and you might think your gut is going to explode. Sometimes, knocking down an antacid or two will do the trick. Other times, things can be far more serious. Those who have these issues … Continue reading Is It Heartburn or Cancer?
Most of us have experienced that burning sensation in our chests at one time or another. You eat a big, spicy meal and chalk it up to heartburn and turn to some over the counter remedies to take care of it. But what happens when it’s more than that? Could you tell the difference between … Continue reading Heart attack or heartburn?