Does Heartburn Have Anything to Do With the Heart?

The short answer to that question is no. The term heartburn originates from the burning sensation which can be felt in the middle of the chest close to the heart.  It is pain caused by the damage to the esophagus that the reflux of acid from the stomach cause...

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Why Does Heartburn Return When I Stop Taking Medication?

One possible reason for your heartburn returning is that your medication may be masking the problem. Traditional heartburn medication works by suppressing the acid levels in your stomach but you have to remember that your stomach is meant to be a highly acidic...

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Heartburn: Is My Stomach Acidity too High or too Low

If you are suffering from heartburn due to insufficient or excessive stomach acid you either have hypochlorhydria (too little) or hyperchlorhydria (too much).  There are some unfortunate individuals who have no stomach acid and the medical term for this condi...

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Heartburn Treatment: What is Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy?

Confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) is a medical procedure which uses a specially adapted endoscope that allows doctors to look at images that are magnified by a 1,000 times. These extreme close up images enable doctors to make “optical biopsies” and provi...

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How Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Work

Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs as they are commonly called, is the name given to a group of pharmaceutical drugs that have been developed to provide a long lasting and very noticeable reduction in the amount of gastric acid that the body produces.  They have ...

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