Heartburn refers to dyspeptic phenomena and occurs almost with all diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Burning in the epigastrium (under the spoon), behind the sternum that extends up the course of the esophagus, is familiar to many and is due to the reversal of neglect of it's acid contents of the stomach.
Why Does Heartburn Appear?
Heartburn is due to the weakness of the lower sphincter of the esophagus, which normally prevents the reverse flow of food from the stomach. His failure occurs when:
- Increased pressure in the abdominal cavity (for example, during pregnancy or overeating);
- Eating lying down (relief is facilitated);
- Diaphragmatic hernia;
- Congenital weakness of the muscular wall.
Increased gastric acidity exacerbates heartburn, as the acid damages the mucous membrane of the esophagus. Heartburn always accompanies hyperacid gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
Prevention of heartburn
With heartburn absolutely contraindicated: