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What to do about heartburn

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What to do about heartburn

Do you ever experience a burning pain in the chest, especially after eating? Is it worse at night, after lying down or bending over? You may have heartburn. Heartburn is also known as Gastro-Esophageal Acid Reflux, or GERD. A weak muscle ring (sphincter) where the food pipe (esophagus) meets the stomach is a common cause. Stomach acid can enter the esophagus and irritate it, causing heartburn. Here is what you can do to lessen the pain: Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds put pressure on your stomach, forcing acid into your esophagus. Avoid tight clothing, which also puts pressure on...

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