What Causes Heartburn and What Does Heartburn Feel Like?

Heartburn got you down? Whether you experience it regularly or it’s your first time, heartburn is no picnic – even if you get it while attending one. Heartburn can also cause anxiety if you are concerned there may be something wrong with your heart. We hope to put all your fears to rest and educate you on all things heartburn. 

Heartburn Causes 

Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid that most often occurs when you overindulge in too much food or drink. Pressure on the stomach from overeating or eating large portions of high-fat dishes can cause the discomfort we associate with heartburn. If you find that you overeat more times than not, heartburn could become a regular issue. So, what does heartburn feel like? 

Heartburn Symptoms 

It’s important to know the symptoms of heartburn, so you can identify it and treat it. Heartburn due to overeating is usually accompanied by a burning sensation in the throat or just below the ribs or breastbone, difficulty swallowing, a feeling of food stuck in the middle of the chest or throat, or a burning chest pain while bending over, lying down or eating. 

Heartburn Treatments 

Looking for a way to treat heartburn? There are a few at-home remedies you can try. Chewing gum can help you produce more saliva to provide relief. Avoiding certain foods, like French fries, sodas, and pizza, can help you prevent heartburn, as well as simply eating properly portioned meals. For heartburn relief fast*, Pepto Bismol has you covered. Pepto is clinically proven to be effective on upper gastrointestinal symptoms, like heartburn, and can help you feel better quickly. 

*Use as directed. Keep out of the reach of children. 

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