Heartburn is a common condition among individuals when stomach acid is forced back up the esophagus. When heartburn occurs a feeling of warmth or even burning may occur in your chest. Frequent heartburn can signal a more serious problem however, a little heartburn after a heavy, acidic meal once in a while is not cause for concern.
Heartburn is caused by stomach acid, which is used to digest food, when makes its way back up the esophagus because of an inflamed or relaxed esophageal sphincter which is supposed to close completely once food has traveled the stomach. Stomach acid is extremely potent and can cause damage to the body. The stomach is protected by a layer of mucous but the esophagus does not have a protective lining covering the tube so when acid is forced back up symptoms of heartburn occur.
If heartburn is experienced several times a week and if heartburn persists after antacids wear off you should seek medical advice to correct these discomforts.
The common treatment options for heartburn include: