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What You Can Do About Heartburn

By Ravi Singh, MD
March 09, 2020




We've all experienced occasional discomfort after an especially large, spicy, or greasy meal, but for those of us with frequent heartburn, these cases of post-meal pain can be all too common.

While heartburn is typically not a reason for concern, if a burning sensation, trouble swallowing, or chest pain are frequently plaguing you after eating, it may be time to consult with Dr. Ravi Singh of Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County. We can help you find a way to control your heartburn so that you can return to enjoying meals in comfort.

What is heartburn?

Heartburn, a symptom of acid reflux, occurs when your stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, the body part responsible for transporting food to your stomach. In addition to acid reflux, heartburn can be caused by cardiac problems, though this is less common.

What are the signs of heartburn?
Acid reflux-related heartburn can trigger a burning sensation in your chest after you've eaten, and it can last for hours on end. You may also feel pain in your chest, a burning in your throat, and a spicy or sour taste in your mouth. Other symptoms of heartburn include impaired swallowing, feeling like you have food trapped in your throat, or a cough/general hoarseness.
Signs of cardiac-related heartburn include shortness of breath and pain in your chest and arms. These are symptoms not to be taken lightly, and you should seek help immediately.
Make sure to provide your doctor at our Suffolk County office with a detailed description of your symptoms so that we can determine a cause and formulate a treatment plan.

What can I do about my heartburn?
Depending on the severity and source of your heartburn, your doctor at our Suffolk County office may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Avoiding particularly fatty, spicy or acidic foods
  • Abstain from reclining after meals
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Taking over-the-counter antacids as needed

At our Suffolk County office, we can also suggest prescription medications for heartburn, including histamine 2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors, to be taken prior to meals.

Need relief? Give us a call

Don't let heartburn interrupt your life. Call Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates in Suffolk County today at 631-289-0300.

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