Most people ever experience heartburn. It is a common disease with the feeling of discomfort around upper belly. What does heartburn feel like actually? And is it dangerous for health?
What Is Heartburn and What Does It Feel Like?
First of all, there is one thing you should keep in mind. Though the disease is called as heartburn but it actually doesn’t have anything to do at all with the heart. It is named that so may be due to the similar symptoms it shows that look like the ones occur in heart disease or heart attack. But, the fact the heartburn doesn’t occur on heart organ, but esophagus. This is a kind of tube that functions to connect your stomach and your throat.
So, what does the heartburn feel like? The disease can lead to the feeling of burning on the upper part of belly. The discomfort feeling also can occur on the area around your breastbone. Though in most cases the heartburn is not dangerous, but it can lead you to a more serious health problem if it is not treated well.
How long the heartburn will last? Well, how long the discomfort lasts will be different form one people to another. Sometimes, it will only last for some minutes but sometimes it will last for hours.
How Can Heartburn Happen and What Causes It?
Commonly, the heartburn can occur because there is a problem in the valve of your muscular which is sometimes called as LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter). The LES’s location is between your stomach and esophagus or under the rib cage. The LES has important function within your body. It keeps your stomach acid stay in its place that is inside your stomach. Normally, the food you eat will go into your stomach through the LES when it opens. It will soon close again when the food has been inside your stomach. But, sometimes the LES cannot close tightly or it will open more frequently than usual that leads stomach acids to seep into your esophagus. That causes the burning sensation around your upper belly.
There are some reasons to cause the heartburn. Commonly, it causes by overeating. The more food you consume then the more often the LES to open and close. Another thing that contributes in the occurrence of heartburn is that there is too much pressure on your belly which is commonly caused by pregnancy, obesity and constipation. Certain foods also contribute in the occurrence of discomfort and burning sensation around your stomach includes citrus fruits, coffee, caffeinated products, garlic, peppermints, tomatoes, onions, alcohol and chocolate.
How to Treat Heartburn
What does heartburn feel like will depend on the production of stomach acid in your body. The more amount of the stomach acid the more pain you will feel. There are some things you can do to treat heartburn. Commonly, to end the discomfort feeling caused by heartburn you can take antacids. For another option, you can take histamine 2 – blockers or PPIs (Proton – Pump Inhibitor).