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Feel The Burn: The Lowdown on Heartburn

Feel The Burn: The Lowdown on HeartburnWednesday, July 22, 2009 By Jacob FranekPrint iStockAside from being an occasional nuisance, heartburn can persist to the point when it affects daily life.Pizza, wings and beer can be a heavenly combination. When enjoyed during a big sports game, these mouth-watering morsels will bring you nothing but wave after wave of intense pleasure – until, of course, the heartburn sets in. If you don’t want to feel the burn — and believe us, you don’t — you’ll want to get the lowdown on heartburn, which we’ve got for you.What is Heartburn?Don't let the name fool you, but heartburn really has nothing to do with the heart. It’s actually a digestive problem caused by the regurgitation of stomach acid up through the opening of the stomach and into the esophagus. It’s the irritation of your esophagus by stomach acid that causes those familiar feelings of upper abdominal pain that are often accompanied with a burning chest sensation and bitter taste in the mouth.W...

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