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Heartburn vs Acid Reflux: Know the Difference

By Ravi Singh, MD
December 09, 2021

GI Care


Acid Reflux  

Heartburn vs Acid Reflux: Know the Difference.

Heartburn can feel like a burning discomfort somewhere along where your heart is located, but it has nothing to do with the blood-pumping organ. You may feel the same discomfort along your throat and neck as it is brought on by acid from your stomach coming back up your esophagus, which is not equipped to handle these acids like your stomach is. Heartburn is not that uncommon and is commonly caused by certain foods in our diet, and by exacerbated by conditions such as acid reflux. If you want to learn if your heartburn could be brought on acid reflux then reach out to your Suffolk County, NY, professionals of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY.

Acid Reflux

Over-the-counter antacids can be effective in treating heartburn, but if you find yourself reaching for these too often then it's possible you may be dealing with acid reflux.

Acid reflux and heartburn are often used interchangeably, but while heartburn does not always mean you suffer from acid reflux, know that recurring heartburn is a symptom of it. It is also often accompanied by other symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, and throat discomfort, among others.

Your esophagus connects to your stomach and when working properly it can drive food into it without allowing acids from the stomach to return back into it. Acid reflux can develop when this connection, and the muscles that allow it to function, are weakened.

Seeking Treatment

To treat your heartburn your Suffolk County, NY, gastroenterologist in East Patchogue, NY, will first diagnose you for acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a chronic form of acid reflux.

Lifestyle and dietary changes, along with prescribed medication, can be used to successfully treat the condition. More severe cases may require surgical intervention, so it's important to seek help from your doctor if heartburn or other symptoms are interfering with your daily life.

If you live in or around Suffolk County, NY, and are seeking relief from heartburn then schedule a consultation today with your local experts of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in East Patchogue, NY, by dialing (631) 289-0300.

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