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Tips to relieve heartburn

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  • Avoid foods that trigger your symptoms.
  • Eat small portions and dont overeat; chew food slowly and completely.
  • Avoid smoking, eating quickly, chewing gum, and drinking carbonated beverages as they lead to swallowing excess air.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Dont lie down within 2 hours of eating.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.

(Source: Harvard Healthbeat)

12 Steps to tackle heartburn

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  1. Eat smaller meals, but more often.
  2. Eat in a slow, relaxed manner.
  3. Remain upright after meals.
  4. Avoid late–night eating (last meal 3 hours before sleep)
  5. Don’t exercise immediately after meals.
  6. Tilt your torso with a bed wedge.
  7. Stay away from carbonated beverages.
  8. Find the foods that trigger your symptoms and avoid them (fatty foods, spicy foods,
  9. tomatoes, garlic, milk, coffee, tea, cola, peppermint, and chocolate).
  10. Chew sugarless gum after a meal which promotes salivation and neutralizes acid.
  11. Check your drugs that can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or cause acid reflux or inflammation of the esophagus.
  12. Lose weight if you need to.
  13. Avoid hurry, worry and curry.

12 Steps to tackle heartburn

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  1. Eat smaller meals, but more often.
  2. Eat in a slow, relaxed manner.
  3. Remain upright after meals.
  4. Avoid late night eating (last meal 3 hours before sleep).
  5. Don’t exercise immediately after meals.
  6. Tilt your torso with a bed wedge.
  7. Stay away from carbonated beverages.
  8. Find the foods that trigger your symptoms and avoid them (fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, garlic, milk, coffee, tea, cola, peppermint, and chocolate).
  9. Chew sugarless gum after a meal which promotes salivation and neutralizes acid.
  10. Check your drugs that can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or cause acid reflux or inflammation of the esophagus.
  11. Lose weight if you need to.
  12. Avoid hurry, worry and curry.

OTC drug does not mean it can be taken without a doctors advice

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An over–the–counter antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.

As per American Academy of Family Physicians

  1. Different types of antacids work in different ways.
  2. To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
  3. If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
  4. Antacids may have minor side effects in some such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  5. Read the label carefully to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  6. People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
  7. An antacid may interact with other medications. So, talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.

12 Steps to tackle Heartburn

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Eat smaller meals but more often. Eat in a slow relaxed manner. Remain upright after meals. Avoid late night eating last meal three hours before sleep Don t exercise immediately after meals. Tilt your torso with a bed wedge. Stay away from carbonated beverages. Find the foods that trigger your symptoms and avoid them fatty foods spicy foods tomatoes garlic milk coffee tea cola peppermint and chocolate. Chew sugarless gum after a meal which promotes salivation and neutralizes acid. Check your drugs that can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter or cause acid reflux or inflammation of the esophagus. Lose weight if you need to. Avoid hurry worry and curry.

Be Alert about Symptoms of Heart Attack

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If you are not sure whether you have heartburn or something more serious — like a heart attack — you should get yourself checked out.

The most common symptom of coronary heart disease is chest pain (angina) or discomfort, which can also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. People may mistake this pain for indigestion, which can be dangerous. Sometimes, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the symptoms of heartburn, angina and heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack include the sudden onset of tightness, pressure, squeezing, burning or discomfort in the chest, throat, neck or either arm. When these symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath or a fainting sensation, one should be especially suspicious that you might be having a heart attack. People who have any risk factors that may predispose them to a heart attack should be particularly cautious. Unfortunately, many people may not be aware they are having a heart attack.

Some clues

• Heart attack pain is never pinpointed.

• Heart attack pain never lasts less than 30 seconds.

• If you smoke, have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, are overweight or have a strong family history of heart disease and have any symptom related to the chest or heart, you should be alert.

 

Avoid chocolates for heartburn

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People with heartburn should avoid chocolates as it can worsen the condition. One should also avoid other reflux-inducing foods (fatty foods, peppermint, and excessive alcohol, which may reduce lower esophageal sphincter pressure).

A number of beverages have a very acidic pH and can exacerbate symptoms. These include colas, red wine and orange juice.

Promotion of salivation by either chewing gum or use of oral lozenges may be of help in mild heartburn. Salivation neutralizes refluxed acid, thereby increasing the rate of esophageal acid clearance.

Restrict alcohol use and quit smoking; smoking is deleterious because it diminishes salivation.

Avoid chocolate for heartburn

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People with heartburn should avoid chocolate as it can worsen heartburn. They should also avoid other reflux-inducing foods (fatty foods, peppermint and excessive alcohol, which may reduce lower esophageal sphincter pressure). A number of beverages have a very acidic pH and can exacerbate symptoms. These include colas, red wine and orange juice (pH 2.5 to 3.9). Promotion of salivation by either chewing gum or use of oral lozenges may also be helpful in mild heartburn. Salivation neutralizes refluxed acid, thereby increasing the rate of esophageal acid clearance.

Restriction of alcohol use and elimination of smoking; smoking is deleterious in part because it diminishes salivation.

Avoid chocolate for heartburn

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People with heartburn should avoid chocolate as it can worsen heartburn. They should also avoid other reflux–inducing foods (fatty foods, peppermint and excessive alcohol, which may reduce lower esophageal sphincter pressure). A number of beverages have a very acidic pH and can exacerbate symptoms. These include colas, red wine and orange juice (pH 2.5 to 3.9). Promotion of salivation by either chewing gum or use of oral lozenges may also be helpful in mild heartburn. Salivation neutralizes refluxed acid, thereby increasing the rate of esophageal acid clearance.
Restriction of alcohol use and elimination of smoking; smoking is deleterious in part because it diminishes salivation.

OTC drug does not mean it can be taken without a doctor’s advice

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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An over–the–counter antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.

As per American Academy of Family Physicians

  • There are different types of antacids that work in different ways.
  • One should talk to the doctor before taking an antacid.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken in conjunction with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, one should prefer an antacid that contains calcium carbonate.
  • In some, antacids may have minor side effects such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • One should read the label carefully to make sure that one is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • People with kidney disease may not be able to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.