Dr Oz did a segment on heartburn. If you fail to take Heartburn seriously, it can be deadly. Doctor Oz said that Heartburn is painful and a commonly misdiagnosed condition. 60 million Americans will suffer a severe Heartburn Symptom at least once a month.
Heartburn is often said to feel like your chest burning, you get pain after you eat or you feel like your throat is coated in acid. Dr Oz said it starts with acid bubbling up from your gut. You may have something called GERD, which may aggravate Asthma or could even be a precursor to Ulcers or Cancer.
Dr Oz was joined by Robynne Chutkan who said that heartburn is the direct result of something you are doing wrong… whether it be overeating, eating the wrong things, or eating at the wrong time of the day. Food goes down your esophagus and into the acid in your stomach which can dissolve anything. But when that stomach acid begins to go up higher than it should, you can get irritation.
Dr Oz said that the following are heartburn symptoms:
1. Pain in your heart
2. A sour acidic taste in your mouth
4. Difficulty Swallowing
5. Sticking feeling in your chest or throat
Dr Oz: Esophageal Cancer
Dr Oz said that Esophageal Cancer is one of the fastest increasing cancer in America. Your esophagus can become scarred by acid, and by taking antacids you won’t feel the pain or the acid burning your esophagus, but overtime it can cause tremendous damage and lead to Esophageal Cancer.
Robynne Chutkan told Dr Oz that your GI tract has a bed time, and when the sun sets our digestive tracts become the least active. Add to that the fact that at night you lie down and so you do not have gravity on your side to keep things down. This is why Acid Reflux happens most commonly at night.
So how much do you tolerate of Heartburn and Acid Reflux before seeing a doctor? Robynne Chutkan told Dr Oz that if you have Heartburn symptoms twice a week or more, or if you have severe symptoms like coughing up blood, losing weight or difficulty swallowing food, you should go see a doctor.
Dr Oz also mentioned that there was a recent study linking Acid Reflux to Coughing. Robynne Chutkan said that Acid Reflux can irritate the breathing passages and that often people will see an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Doctor thinking that they have Asthma, but that it is really Acid Reflux.
Dr Oz: Heartburn Triggers
The following are Heartburn Triggers:
1. Being overweight. If you are an apple shape (so bigger around your stomach) then you are at a greater risk for Heartburn than if you are a pear shape.
2. Pain relievers can cause Heartburn. Ibuprofen and Aspirin cause inflammation throughout your GI tract and can cause Heartburn and Acid Reflux.
3. Control Top Stocking. Tight stockings or leggings can increase the pressure on your stomach and squeeze acid out of your stomach and into your esophagus.
Dr Oz: Heartburn Treatments
1. H2 Blockers
2. Proton Pump Inhibitors
3. Chewable Antacids
Dr Oz said that if you just get Heartburn symptoms around once a week, Chewable Antacids are your best bet. If you have Heartburn on a daily basis, then you should look into H2 Blockers or Proton Pump Inhibitors.