Let’s Talk: What’s the Difference Between Heartburn & Acid Reflux?

Attend our lecture about heartburn and acid reflux on January 17, 2013, and learn important facts!

It’s important to understand how heartburn and acid flux work so that you can prevent disease like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). When acidic fluid, bile and partially digested contents from your stomach squeeze up into your lower esophagus, the result is an unpleasant – or very painful – sensation in your chest. There are many ways to prevent or reduce heartburn.

What is it?
Although the two terms are often used to describe the same feelings of pain, they actually describe separate phenomena. One is the cause and the other is the effect of regurgitated stomach acid.

Acid Reflux: Clinically speaking, acid reflux is the movement of acidic substances up, past the esophageal flap. When the esophageal flap malfunctions, it can’t keep stomach contents down where they belong. Acid reflux isn’t always noticeable.

Heartburn: Heartburn can be the result of acid reflux, although it doesn’t always occur. When acidic substances are regurgitated, they irritate the lower esophagus, causing discomfort and, over time, damage to the tissues they contact.

What can you do about it?
If you experience heartburn on a regular basis, take it seriously. It may be a symptom of GERD. Talk to your physician about measures you can take to reduce acid reflux. He or she may recommend that you:

  • avoid certain foods
  • stop taking medication which affects digestion (Do not discontinue a medication without consulting your doctor.)
  • lose weight
  • stop smoking
  • avoid eating at certain times, such as directly before bedtime

It’s time to learn more! Sign up today to attend Brandon Regional Hospital’s free lecture about heartburn and acid reflux on January 17, 2013, from 7 to 9 pm. Registration is required, so call 1-888-327-2636 to reserve your spot. This lecture will take place at our Oakfield Medical Plaza location at 260 S. Moon Avenue in Brandon.

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