Heartburn

Is my heartburn serious?

Many people suffer from occasional heartburn and take the occasional antacid. But at which point does it become more serious and when are you at risk for developing GORD?

Do you suffer from heartburn more often than once a fortnight?


Do you regularly eat fatty foods, such as hamburgers and chips?


Do you often snack late at night?


Do you have several (more than 2) cups of coffee or tea per day?


Do you often eat spicy foods, like curries and breyanis?


Do you take antacids more or less daily?


Do you seldom eat fresh fruit and vegetables?


Do you smoke?


Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle?


Does anyone in your family suffer form GORD?


Are you over 40?


Are your stress levels high?


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Heartburn expert

Monique Marais is a Gastroenterologist working in Cape Town. After qualifying at the University of Pretoria, she worked in emergency rooms in South Africa and the UK before going into private practice.

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