Heartburn in Connecticut
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What is heartburn?
Heartburn is an issue that occurs when you have a painful burning feeling in your throat or chest. The pain may be worse after you eat or at nighttime. Heartburn may also occur when you are lying down or bending over. If you’ve experienced heartburn you are unable to treat or have dealt with recurrent heartburn that disrupts one's everyday activities, this could be a sign of a more serious concern, such as acid reflux. The GI providers at Connecticut GI will help you in addressing the issue. If you are seeking assistance with heartburn relief in Connecticut, don't hesitate to contact our team to request a consultation.
What are the symptoms of heartburn?
While the majority of individuals can deal with heartburn without assistance, recognizing the symptoms is essential to managing the problem and knowing when it is time to consult with the group of GI specialists at Connecticut GI. The symptoms of heartburn are:
- Discomfort that increases when lying horizontally or when bending forward
- A burning sensation in your chest following meals
- A burning sensation in your throat
- Bitter or acid-like taste in your mouth
- Swallowing trouble
How is heartburn treated?
Usually, the most immediate option to address heartburn is to rely on over-the-counter medications like antacids that aim to diminish stomach acid to help you get relief quickly. However, it is important to note that over-the-counter medications are unable to fix the damage to the esophagus caused by stomach acid.
When nonprescription medications have not been effective, or you believe you are taking them too regularly, our Connecticut GI specialists are here to help. Our providers can partner with you to help deal with your issues successfully. Contact one of our locations now to get the relief you seek.
Quickly and effectively ease heartburn
Heartburn can be a painful condition, but it can be treated. Address your heartburn problem by receiving treatment from the experienced GI specialists at your local Connecticut GI. Our team regularly treats heartburn in Connecticut patients and will work with you to deal with your issues so you can enjoy your everyday life.
What causes heartburn?
Various factors may lead to or result in heartburn. Common causes of this GI symptom are:
- Consuming acidic, spicy, or fatty foods
- Drinking alcohol or caffeine
- Lying down soon after eating
- Eating too much
- Certain medications
- Using tobacco products
- Conditions like a hiatal hernia or GERD
When should you be concerned about heartburn?
Experiencing occasional heartburn is common and not always a cause for concern. However, if you experience heartburn two or more times a week, it could be a result of GERD. Under these circumstances, it's important to seek care from a healthcare provider. The gastroenterology team at Connecticut GI provides treatment for this digestive issue and can help.
Is heartburn harmful to your health?
Having heartburn every once in a while is typically not concerning. However, more frequent or untreated heartburn can lead to issues like esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), Barrett's esophagus (a precancerous condition), or even esophageal cancer. Seeking prompt care from one of our Connecticut professionals can help safeguard your gastrointestinal health and overall wellness.
When should you see a doctor about heartburn?
Heartburn can develop with numerous medical conditions and should be assessed by a medical provider. We encourage you to visit a doctor in the event:
- You experience heartburn two or more times a week.
- Over-the-counter products fail to improve your symptoms.
- The discomfort of heartburn is extreme or occurs alongside other symptoms.
- You have unexpected weight loss.
- You experience recurrent vomiting.
- You find it difficult to swallow.
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