Heartburn is a common condition that affects more than 4 million South Africans annually. It typically begins with a burning sensation that starts in the upper abdomen and moves up into the chest, often making its way to the back of the throat, and sometimes up into the jaw, arms and back. It usually feels worse when lying down or bending forward. Heartburn gets its name from chest pains caused by stomach acid that washes up into the oesophagus. This chest pain can be confused with angina, but the heart has nothing to do with it.
Heartburn (acid reflux) is a symptom of another digestive disorder, and not a disorder by itself. For example, heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux is a medical condition, with heartburn as a possible symptom of that condition.
Many people have different heartburn triggers, but most people have similar heartburn symptoms.
- A burning sensation in the chest
- A burning feeling in the throat
- Sour or bitter taste in the mouth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic coughing
- Wheezing or other asthma-like symptoms
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