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Heartburn Part 1 (Teacher: Michael)

"I getting chest pains, doctor!" is a common enough complaint from my patients. The pain they most worried about is the one that strikes them in the centre of the chest underneath the breastbone because they they having a heart attack.

The good news is that it is usually heartburn, which nothing to with the heart itself. It is a special type of indigestion where acid from the stomach is regurgitated upwards into the food pipe or oesophagus. The environment in the oesophagus is alkaline, so the excess acid burns the lining. As this tube shares some of the same nerves as the heart, pain is often 'referred' to the area around the heart - hence the and the fear that it is more serious than indigestion.

Without a doctor to advise you, it is very difficult to which is a heart pain and which is heartburn. The symptoms of heartburn a pain or burning sensation behind the breastbone. This or not associated with regurgitation of food or liquid into the of the throat or mouth. The fluid acid to the taste or watery and regurgitation is more likely to occur when you bend . The most common cause of this is a weak muscle at the junction of the gullet and stomach - normally, this muscle stops the reflux of acid from the stomach.

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