Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you suffer from persistent heartburn, it’s advisable to visit your local hospital to explore your treatment options. In addition to taking medications to manage your symptoms, your doctor is likely to recommend lifestyle changes. You may need to make changes to your diet, such as avoiding or limiting foods like chocolate, citrus fruits, tomato-based foods, fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol. It’s also advisable to practice portion control. Eating a very large meal can worsen your symptoms.
If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you explore smoking cessation options. Smoking can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and worsen heartburn. If you’re overweight or obese, you’ll likely find that your symptoms improve with weight loss. Other ways of keeping your heartburn under control involve modifying your sleeping habits. Avoid lying down within two to three hours of eating. When you do lie down, consider elevating your head six inches to prevent the contents of your stomach from flowing backward into the esophagus.
Patients who suffer from heartburn are encouraged to explore the healthcare services available at the Heartburn & Swallowing Disorder Center of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. You can obtain a referral to a specialist at our community hospital by calling (888) 741-5119.