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Heartburn Myths and Facts

There are many myths attached to heartburn or heart condition. Below are discussed some myths and actual facts about heartburn.

Heartburn Myths

Heartburn is caused due to pain in your heart

  • Heartburn is not a heart condition. It may be caused by acid reflux into the esophagus. It causes a burning sensation directly beneath the breastbone, which may confuse people for its origin in the heart, although it is not.

Smoking Relieves Heartburn

  • Smoking can make things worse. While smoking, your mouth makes less spit and more stomach acid, this aggravates heartburn.

Drinking cream or milk is a remedy for heartburn

  • Milk temporarily reduces the symptoms only to later increase acid production by the stomach, which causes more heartburn.

Raising your head above feet relieves heartburn

  • Raising your head and chest using pillows can put your head at an angle that puts more pressure on your stomach, making things worse. Instead, try putting 6-inch blocks under the bedposts at the head of the bed.

Heartburn is no big deal

  • It can turn out to be dangerous if not taken timely care of. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD.

Heartburn cannot be cured

  • Many people believe that they’re simply plagued with a heart condition like heartburn and powerless to keep it from happening. Remember that heartburn is a symptom, not a health condition. It can be cured by avoided certain foods, taking antacids and making lifestyle changes.

Heartburn Facts

Chewing gum relieves heartburn

  • When you chew gum, your mouth makes more spit. Spit acts as a buffer to acid. You also swallow more when you chew gum, and that pushes acid down.

Sleeping on your left side helps

  • The left position seems to put less pressure on the muscle connecting your stomach and esophagus.

Frequently having antacids may cause constipation or diarrhea

  • Prefer antacids that contain magnesium hydroxide or aluminum hydroxide. They are less likely to cause digestion problems.

Sit-ups, leg lifts, and crunches can trigger heartburn

  • These exercises put pressure on your stomach

Going to bed on a full stomach may cause heartburn

  • Try eating four or five smaller meals instead of three large ones, that too at least 2 hours before going to bed.

Frequent heartburn may cause GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

  • Heartburn is a symptom of GERD, but not always.

For any more information about Heartburn, consult our specialists at CMC, Mohali.