Heartburn is a burning sensation that starts behind your breastbone, moves up to the neck and throat, and often worsens after you eat or lay down. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. In some people, some foods and drinks can trigger heartburn, such as:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Carbonated and/or caffeinated beverages, such as soft drinks or coffee
- Citrus products, such as oranges or orange juice
- Fatty or fried foods
- Large or fatty meals
- Spicy foods
- Tomato products, such as ketchup or marinara sauce
Being overweight or pregnant also increases your risk of developing heartburn. If you occasionally experience heartburn, it’s probably not cause for alarm. However, heartburn can be a sign of another underlying, chronic (ongoing) condition. For example, heartburn is a main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which occurs when your stomach acid or food flows back up into your esophagus and irritates its lining.
As experts in digestive health, our gastroenterologists are equipped with the latest technology and immersed in leading-edge research to treat your heartburn. Our goal is to help eliminate your heartburn symptoms.
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A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.