Heartburn relief

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is one of America's most common health problems. Symptoms are having heartburn at least twice a week. It can cause irritation and inflammation of the throat.

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Despite its name, heartburn doesn't affect the heart.  When you swallow your food, it goes down the esophagus through the cardiac sphincter, which closes as soon as food passes through, and into your stomach. If the sphincter doesn't close all the way, acid from your stomach comes back up the esophagus. This creates an irritating burning feeling in your throat.

Some people find out they have a heartburn problem when they experience other symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and loss of voice.

Natural alternatives to Nexium, Maalox, Tagamet, Prilosec & other acid blockers : what to use to relieve acid reflux, heartburn, and gastric ailments
Martie Whittekin.
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, c2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-253) and index.
Living with chronic heartburn : the complete health guide to acid reflux & gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Paulo Pacheco and Marilyn Olson [i.e. Olsen].
New York : Healthy Living Books, c2003.
Chronic heartburn is no laughing matter. 25 millions Americans suffer daily from its nagging symptoms. Billions of dollars are spent on over the counter and prescription medications in search of relief and an elusive cure.

Chronic heartburn has been linked to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Barrett's esophagus, and a dramatic rise in esophageal cancer -- one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Now, Dr. Paulo Pacheco, world-renowned gastroenterologist, provides insight and answers for those who suffer from chronic heartburn. Living with Chronic Heartburn explains in everyday language the latest medical information and both surgical and non-surgical treatment options -- including the recently FDA-approved Stretta operation -- plus a guide to lifestyle changes that will make a real difference in the way you feel.

Coping with chronic heartburn : what you need to know about acid reflux and GERD
Elaine Fantle Shimberg.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2002.
Coping with Chronic Heartburn provides a wealth of up-to-the-minute information regarding the latest diagnostic and treatment options available to sufferers. Elaine Fantle Shimberg explains how to differentiate GERD from other conditions with similar symptoms an also explains how to know when you should consult a doctor. Find out which medication, herbal remedies, and food can alleviate GERD--and which lifestyle changed can help its painful symptoms.

Altering your diet and lifestyle may give you some relief from the discomfort of heartburn:

  • Eat five to six small meals
  • Drink more water
  • Avoid caffeine, citrus fruits and spicy foods
  • Enroll in a smoking cessation program
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Wear loose fitting clothing
  • Reduce stress in your life by taking daily walks
  • Lose weight
  • Don't strain to life heavy objects
  • Eat at least three hours before going to bed
  • Elevate the head of your bed
  • Sleep in an upright position

Over the counter antacids can be helpful.  However, if you are in constant pain and your daily routines are disrupted you should consult your medical professional. Let your doctor know all medicines you are taking. They may be contributing to your heartburn.

How to stop heartburn : simple ways to heal heartburn and acid reflux
Anil Minocha and Christine Adamec.
New York : Wiley, c2001.
Relief at Last for the Millions of Chronic Heartburn Sufferers Written by an internationally recognized expert on digestive diseases, this much-needed book brings relief to the tens of millions who suffer from the pain of severe heartburn almost daily. If you find yourself dependent on antacids, losing sleep, missing work, or canceling plans because of heartburn discomfort, you may be among those who struggle with gastroesophageal reflux disorder, or GERD. The good news is that your condition is treatable--especially in its early stages. Drawing from his extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients, as well as the latest research from around the globe, Dr. Anil Minocha explains the causes of heartburn--and the potentially serious consequences of leaving it untreated. In addition to providing an overview of the problem, Dr. Minocha offers invaluable information on: The latest treatment options-from nutrition and simple lifestyle changes to drugs, surgery, and alternative remedies How your diet and weight may be affecting your GERD The relationship between stress and heartburn Dealing with GERD during pregnancy, and in infants, children, and the elderly "An in-depth analysis of how to heal heartburn and acid reflux, a problem that afflicts humans across the lifespan, from infancy to old age. . . . A valuable home reference."-Elizabeth D. Tate, F.N.P., M.N., coauthor of Unforgettable Faces: Through the Eyes of a Nurse Practitioner "Priceless and practical. . . . Easy to read. . . . A must-buy book for all heartburn sufferers."-Joel E. Richter, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G., Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
50 ways to relieve heartburn, reflux, and ulcers
M. Sara Rosenthal.
Chicago, IL : Contemporary Books, c2001.
At sometime in their lives, as many as 70 percent of Americans will suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. "50 Ways to Relieve Heartburn, Reflux, and Ulcers" is a quick and easy volume that offers 50 solutions to chronic and acute gastrointestinal episodes. Includes information on symptoms, treatments, and management techniques as well as an evaluation of major over-the-counter medications. Also provides the latest information on "h. pylori" and ulcers.
Heartburn and what to do about it : [a guide to overcoming the discomforts of indigestion using drug-free remedies]
James F. Balch, Morton Walker.
Garden City Park, NY : Avery Pub. Group, 1998.
With Heartburn and What to Do About It, learn to win the war against indigestion without. Learn why heartburn occurs, and how, through a healthful diet and the use of natural supplements, you can prevent heartburn or stop it once it starts.
Heartburn : extinguishing the fire inside
M. Michael Wolfe and Thomas J. Nesi.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1997.
The first book on the subject of chronic heartburn for general readers, "Heartburn" dispels myths about the malady, calms fears, and points sufferers toward the correct diagnosis and therapies. Updated with a new Preface. Featured on "Today".

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff