Home » Health » Diseases and Conditions

An Introduction to Heartburn

Aug 17, 2007
Heartburn is a term that virtually every person is familiar with. Whether you have heard it from a family member, a doctor or a commercial on television, heartburn is a common problem that receives a fair amount of attention. However, although everyone has heard of it, the majority of people are not actually aware of the full details of heartburn. There are quite a few facts about heartburn which are not publicized nearly as much as the ailment itself.

Ironically enough, the condition of heartburn does not actually involve the heart at all. The term was coined because of the fact that the main symptoms of heartburn occur around the breastbone. Additionally, the symptoms of heartburn resemble sensations caused by heart problems. In reality, heartburn occurs when the contents of the stomach (which are extremely acidic) are exposed to the lower esophagus. Under normal circumstances, a special sphincter prevents this from occurring. However, if the sphincter happens to relax, then there is a chance that the exposure will take place, which inevitably leads to heartburn. The sensation of heartburn is not a pleasant one at all. Beginning slightly below the breastbone, heartburn is normally described as a painful, burning sensation. In many cases, the sensation rises through the chest and can even spread to areas such as the neck, throat or jaw. For many sufferers, heartburn can eventually lead to other problems, such as asthma or chronic cough.

So what causes heartburn? As discussed earlier, the process of heartburn actually occurs when the lower esophagus is exposed to the extremely acidic contents of the stomach. This event takes place when the sphincter which separates these two areas relaxes. However, most people want to know what actually triggers heartburn. Although heartburn can actually be caused by stress, in the majority of cases, it is set off by some type of food or beverage. It is important to understand that different people are effected by different substances. Obviously, two common culprits of heartburn are spicy foods and fatty foods. These two categories cover a wide spectrum of food, but these are the most common causes. However, they are not the only ones. Heartburn can also be caused by tomatoes, tomato sauce (such as that found on pizza), peanuts, peppermint of spearmint, chocolate and fruits or juices which are citrus based. As previously stated, food is not the only cause of heartburn. Beverages which are caffeinated or contain alcohol can also cause varying degrees of heartburn. Although there are many foods and beverages, these obviously do not affect every person. Actually, these foods don't even affect every heartburn sufferer. Each person's body reacts differently to various substances, and in some situations, this reaction will be heartburn.
About the Author
Detailed information about heartburn and acid reflux can be found at http://www.stopheartburn.org.uk
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 172
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources