Heartburn

Overview

What is Heartburn?

Nothing can ruin a good time faster than heartburn. One minute you’re enjoying good food and good times with family and friends, and the next you’re feeling that familiar, burning sensation rising in your chest.

Heartburn, and its related conditions, acid reflux and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), occur when the opening between the stomach and esophagus malfunctions and allows stomach acid to enter the esophagus.

What’s the difference between these three conditions? What are the symptoms and triggers of heartburn? Explore below to learn more about heartburn, how Rolaids® provides powerful, rapid relief, and things you can do to minimize heartburn symptoms before they start.

Symptoms

What are the Symptoms of Heartburn?

Heartburn is perfectly named, because it’s a burning sensation in your esophagus located in your chest. When you swallow food it travels down the esophagus to the stomach where acids break it down. But when stomach acids travel back up into the esophagus, they irritate its sensitive lining. And it hurts!

Rolaids® neutralizes these acids instantly to relieve your discomfort fast. Take Rolaids® and you “kick acid.”

Symptoms

Heartburn vs. Acid Reflux vs. Gerd

People sometimes confuse heartburn with acid reflux and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) because the symptoms are similar, however they are more serious conditions. Heartburn is an occasional condition with mild to moderate symptoms, while acid reflux and GERD typically occur at least twice a week, with more severe symptoms.

If you have heartburn symptoms that persist even after taking Rolaids®, make an appointment to see your healthcare professional.

Heartburn symptoms can also be similar to symptoms for more serious conditions unrelated to digestion. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience:

Be sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience:

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Heartburn that returns as soon as your antacid wears off
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Heartburn that often wakes you up at night
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Difficulty swallowing
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Spitting up blood
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Black stools
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Weight loss

Symptoms

Heartburn & Pregnancy

More than half of all pregnant women experience heartburn, often due to changing hormone levels and/or pressure from the growing uterus pushing on the stomach. Symptoms usually disappear after the baby is born.

The good news is that Rolaids® can help, and contains two ingredients that are beneficial for a healthy pregnancy – calcium and magnesium.

Each serving of Rolaids® provides a source of calcium and magnesium to supplement your body’s nutritional needs during pregnancy.*

Please note: Rolaids® is NOT an alternative to prenatal vitamins.

If you experience heartburn symptoms while pregnant, consult with your healthcare professional and ask if Rolaids® can help.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Triggers

Heartburn Triggers

Why do some foods trigger heartburn more than others? When your stomach senses spicy, hard-to-digest foods and beverages, or a lot of food all at once, it produces more acids to digest them. Extra stomach acids back up into the esophagus to cause heartburn. Foods are the main culprit, but there are also other causes.

Now that you know what triggers heartburn, just be sure to remember what triggers relief: Rolaids®.

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Fried or fatty foods
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Onions, garlic and other spicy foods
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Acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomato products
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Chocolate
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Mints
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Eating too much or too quickly
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Lying down after eating
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Coffee and other caffeinated beverages
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Carbonated drinks
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Certain medications, including aspirin or ibuprofen
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Alcohol
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Cigarette smoking

Lifestyle

Lifestyle Tips

To avoid heartburn you’ll need to avoid the foods, beverages, and activities that tend to affect you the worst. So the first tip is to make a list of the foods and other things that trigger your heartburn. The second tip is to always carry Rolaids®.

Of course, there will be times when you just can’t resist a spicy chili dog, or a second helping of gumbo. With Rolaids® you’ll be ready in case you can’t refuse the foods on that list and need to kick some acid.

 

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Wear loose-fitting clothes. Tight clothes put pressure on the stomach to push acid back up into the esophagus.
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Eat smaller, more frequent meals, so your stomach doesn't get too full. An overstuffed stomach produces more acid.
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Don’t lie down after eating. When you get horizontal, stomach acids can damage the opening between the esophagus and stomach allowing acid to flow back into the esophagus.
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If you're on a prescription medication that is causing heartburn, speak to your healthcare professional about other options.
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Raise the head of your bed by putting blocks under the bedposts. Extra pillows alone may not help.
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Limit the foods and beverages that worsen symptoms.
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Stop smoking and/or drinking alcohol.
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Excess weight can sometimes make symptoms worse. If you are overweight, try to lose weight but first check with your healthcare professional to determine a safe weight loss plan.

Heartburn vs Heart Attacks

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Sometimes people experience heartburn and are worried they might actually be having a heart attack. On the other hand, some people have been known to have a heart attack but disregard the danger, thinking it’s only heartburn. It’s very important to understand the causes and symptoms of each so you’ll know whether to reach for a Rolaids® or a phone to call 911.

Heartburn is caused by undigested food being forced up out of the stomach and into the lower end of the esophagus. This food contains stomach acid that irritates the esophagus, and the pain is felt pretty much in the middle of your chest (the same general area as your heart). 

A heart attack is when the heart struggles to keep up normal blood flow throughout your body. There are many factors that can prevent the heart from pumping properly such as a blocked artery, irregular heartbeat, birth defect, inflammation of the heart muscle, and others. 

Heartburn symptoms include:

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Burning sensation in the upper abdomen
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Sour, bitter taste in back of throat
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Usually occurs after a meal
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Awakens you from sleep if you ate shortly before bedtime
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Relieved quickly by antacids

The most common heart attack symptoms are:

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Chest pain and tightness
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Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, or back
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Dizziness or lightheadedness
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Shortness of breath
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Cold sweat
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Nausea
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Fatigue

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