Home > Medical > Heartburn Heartburn All sections in Heartburn » About Heartburn » Dyspepsia » FAQs » Health Tips » Helicobacter pylori » Heartburn News » Normal Digestion » Peptic Ulcers » Self-treatment Chronic heartburn may raise odds for throat cancer People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords, research shows. Losing weight may ease heartburn Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn Heartburn meds often taken for too long Magnetic implant may ease chronic acid reflux See All Heartburn News » Heartburn Overview Heartburn for supper What is the difference between GORD and heartburn? Home heartburn relief What are the symptoms of GORD? What is Heartburn? Heartburn is the reflux of acid stomach contents and occurs particularly when overindulging in rich foods and too much alcohol. Heartburn is caused by acid from the stomach pushing up into the oesophagus. Causes of heartburn include pregnancy, rich food, alcohol, hiatus hernia, being overweight, smoking, medication and even just lying down. Symptoms of heartburn often start with a painful or burning sensation in the upper abdomen or chest, sometimes radiating to the back . Some people describe it as a “must-sit-up” feeling (regurgitation). The acid reflux can reach the pharynx and mouth. It tastes sour and can burn. Excess burping is also a common symptom of heartburn. The treatment of heartburn is mainly by medication. Most people find that antacids, taken before and after meals and at bedtime, successfully control the symptoms. Take Action Follow Health24 on Pinterest » Test Is my heartburn serious? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Eating to prevent heartbun » Cats that won't let dogs pass by The ugly side of 'Fitspiration' advertisement About heartburn Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) See All About heartburn » FAQs Are there long-term complications of GORD? What about smoking and GORD? What are the symptoms of GORD? What is the difference between GORD and heartburn? See All FAQs » Helicobacter pylori The real cause of stomach ulcers Peptic ulcers in the days before H. pylori How does H. pylori spread? The consequences of the H. pylori infection See All Helicobacter pylori » Peptic ulcers Peptic ulcer - from Natural Standard Peptic ulcer How are peptic ulcers diagnosed? Myths about heartburn and peptic ulcers See All Peptic ulcers » Tools Are you at risk for peptic ulcers? Is my heartburn serious? Am I eating to prevent heartburn? See All Tools » Dyspepsia Dyspepsia See All Dyspepsia » Health tips An end to heartburn Extinguish that heartburn Relief for heartburn Beat pregnancy heartburn blues See All Health tips » Normal digestion Is it heartburn or is it something more serious? GORD - the function of the stomach GORD – what can go wrong? What is reflux? See All Normal digestion » Self treatment Avoid heartburn this Easter Home heartburn relief 13 ways to prevent heartburn Heartburn for supper See All Self treatment » From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.