Minor illnesses.

Heartburn & indigestion

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid washes into the esophagus, causing symptoms. A similar burning sensation occurs in indigestion , but it does not carry symptoms of heartburn.

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Often referred to as:• Acid reflux
• Dyspepsia
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD for short)
• Indigestion
• Reflux
• Upset stomach

Things you should know before your visit

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care setting:● Shortness of breath or sweating● Chest pain or pressure or pain radiating to your jaw, neck or arm● Unintentional weight loss or loss of appetite● Repeated vomiting or vomiting with blood● Black, tarry stools● Trouble swallowing

What to expect at your visit

● We will review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, examination and provide a personalized treatment plan for you.● You may need testing. Please note that additional charges apply for these tests. ● At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.

What causes heartburn?

Heartburn is a symptom that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. This happens because of a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is the muscular valve between your stomach and your esophagus—the tube connecting your mouth to your stomach. 
Some people have constant problems with heartburn while others only have it some of the time. Certain foods and actions can cause heartburn to get worse. Things that can make heartburn worse include:
● Lying down after eating● Eating big meals or overeating● Drinking alcohol, especially with your evening meal● Smoking (which causes the lower esophageal sphincter to relax)● Chewing gum (which can cause extra air in your stomach) 

What are the symptoms of heartburn?

Symptoms of heartburn are commonly identified as a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, chest or throat area. Symptoms may be accompanied by belching. Others are: • Bad breath• Nausea• Pain with swallowing• Problems swallowing• Tooth damage• Trouble breathing• Vomiting• Bad taste• Dry cough