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Dr Tom Talks #4: What is Heartburn?


Welcome to “Dr. Tom Talks”, powered by BioDigital. Today, what is heartburn in 60 seconds or
less? Heartburn, also know as acid reflux, also
known as GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease, or, if you’re English, GORD: gastro-oesophageal
(with an “O”) reflux disease, is when acid goes from your stomach into your esophagus,
the food tube between your stomach and your mouth. Why does it happen? Usually there is a band of muscle called the
lower esophageal sphincter which keeps the acid down there, but in acid reflux through
things like alcohol, maybe medications, maybe certain medical conditions, the acid gets
back up there and causes certain symptoms. What are the symptoms? Heartburn, which is where you have pain around
your heart (it’s got nothing to do with your heart actually) and around your abdomen which
is worse after a meal or when you’re lying down, painful swallowing, chronic cough, and
then also even things, if you’ve had it for a while, like tooth erosion or stained teeth. That is heartburn in 60 seconds or less.

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