I have no time to eat breakfast today, so I have to fill my stomach with some bread. But after eating how to feel chest uncomfortable, a bit heartburn?
The word “heartburn” seems to be a mystery. Is it really not invented by the ancients to deceive us?
Heartburn refers to the burning sensation caused by acid reflux into the esophagus to stimulate the esophagus. It’s called that because the esophagus is very close to the heart, and when the esophagus has a burning sensation, people think it’s coming from the heart.
Heartburn is associated with acid reflux into the esophagus
Normally, when a person swallows food, the sphincter under the esophagus expands, allowing the food to enter the stomach. When food reaches the stomach, the subesophageal sphincter contracts to prevent the stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus.
If the subesophageal sphincter is abnormally dilated, stomach acid can return to the esophagus and cause heartburn. Bending or lying down can aggravate the symptoms of heartburn.
The subesophageal sphincter is the high pressure area near the stomach from the lower end of the esophagus, which can prevent the gastric contents from entering the esophagus upstream. Because of the function similar to the sphincter, it is called the subesophageal sphincter.
If you experience heartburn, eating Fried foods, spicy foods, fatty foods, or drinking alcohol and coffee may reproduce the experience.
Lying down immediately after eating can also cause heartburn. In addition, being overweight or pregnant also increases the risk of heartburn.
Is eating food to be met heartburn is sick?
Many people experience heartburn, and that doesn’t mean everyone is sick. Occasional heartburn is normal.
However, frequent heartburn does have a connection with gastroesophageal reflux disease, which causes damage to the esophagus when stomach fluids are repeatedly returned to the esophagus in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Therefore, if the following situations occur, visit the doctor immediately:
- Heartburn occurs frequently, and symptoms become more and more severe.
- Symptoms persist after medication is used to control heartburn.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Persistent nausea or vomiting.
- Weight loss due to loss of appetite or difficulty eating.
Heartburn is very uncomfortable, how to prevent it?
Occasional heartburn is no big deal, but sometimes symptoms of heartburn do not go away until they last a long time. In daily life, we can prevent heartburn by:
- Avoid foods that will cause you to burn.
- Less smoking, less drinking, tobacco and alcohol can affect the normal operation of the esophageal sphincter.
- Don’t lie down right after eating. Wait at least three hours. This gives your stomach time to empty out and reduces the risk of heartburn.
- Avoid overeating. Don’t overeat at once.
- Weight loss: if you are overweight, you will experience increased abdominal pressure, which will cause the stomach to move up and cause the gastric juices to flow back into the esophagus.
- Don’t wear clothes that are too tight: clothes that are too tight can cause abdominal pressure and pressure of the subesophageal sphincter to be too high, causing gastric juices to flow back into the esophagus.
Heartburn is not our heart, but when it does, it can make us feel rather uncomfortable.