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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Prevention and Treatment of Heart Burn or Acid Reflux

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 1:20 PM Comments

Heart burn is a feeling of burning sensation in differing severity, in the chest or behind the sternum; also called retrosternal burning, acid reflux disease or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is the effect of reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus due to various diseases, mainly acid peptic disease, esophageal sphincter disease or hiatus hernia in diaphragm. Patients get a lot of agony in its severe form.
Many surgical options are available, but many times conservative measures become successful in treating it.

Precautions include;
  • Spicy and chilly foods especially curries, Fast and tinned foods,
  • Cigarette smoking and tobacco products,
  • Long fasting period,
  • Heavy meals,
  • Immediate sleeping after taking food,
  • Long spell of night shift duty,
  • Excessive tea or coffee.
Following the practices of;
  • Walk or move for some time after taking food,
  • Keep head a little above body by using pillow under head,
  • Decreasing abdominal obesity
  • Physical exercise.
  • Drinking of a lot of plain water.
Perhaps, last answer should be the use of acid suppressing drugs in my opinion.  

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