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By Vikram S. Jayanty, M.D. PA
December 31, 2020
Category: Health
Tags: Heartburn  

Have you ever wondered why you have heartburn? Your Houston, TX, gastroenterologist, Dr. Vikram Jayanty, can help you determine the reason for your uncomfortable symptoms and offer medications or treatments that will help relieve the burning sensation.

Why do I have heartburn?

Nearly everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their lives. The burning pain in your chest may begin soon after eating or start or worsen when you lie down.

After dining on garlic chicken wings, french fries, and a super-sized soda, you may soon begin feeling the burn behind your breastbone. These foods, along with other spicy, acidic, fatty, or fried foods, can trigger heartburn. Foods and beverages that may cause heartburn include garlic and onions, chocolate, peppermint, tomatoes, citrus fruits, citrus juice, carbonated drinks, and salty foods.

Other causes of heartburn may include:

  • Pressure on Your Abdomen: Pregnancy, wearing tight clothing or belts, or being overweight or obese may increase your risk of heartburn.
  • Medication Side Effects: Both prescription and over-the-counter medications may cause heartburn. Medications that can trigger the burning pain include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, steroids, anti-anxiety medication, some antibiotics, antidepressants, osteoporosis medication, high blood pressure drugs, and iron supplements.
  • Drinking or Smoking: Alcohol consumption and smoking tobacco products also increase your risk of heartburn.
  • Exercising After Meals: Exercise is an important aspect of good health, but painful heartburn symptoms can occur if you work out too soon after you eat. It's best to wait for at least one to two hours to exercise after eating.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD): Heartburn is a common symptom of GERD, a condition that occurs when stomach acid flows backward through your esophageal sphincter. If you have heartburn more than twice a week, you might have GERD.

What can I do to stop heartburn?

Taking antacids can be helpful if you only have occasional heartburn. It's also important to identify any lifestyle issues that could be causing or contributing to your symptoms. For example, changing your exercise schedule, losing weight, or even loosening your belt might be helpful.

If heartburn persists or occurs often, it's time to pay a visit to the Houston gastroenterology office. Your gastroenterologist may recommend an upper endoscopy, a diagnostic test that provides valuable information about the lining of your stomach and esophagus. While you're sedated, a thin, lighted probe is passed through the stomach and esophagus. The probe also contains a camera that sends images to a digital monitor, allowing your doctor to view the lining easily.

Heartburn treatment varies depending on the cause but may include medications that block or reduce acid production, speed the passage of food through your gastrointestinal system, or improve the way the esophageal sphincter functions.

Do you struggle with heartburn? Call your gastroenterologist in Houston, TX, Dr. Vikram Jayanty, at (713) 932-9200 to schedule your appointment.

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