If you are a young athlete and have chest pain, see a doctor right away. Only about 5 percent of chest pain in this group is caused by a heart issue — but those are the cases no one wants to miss.
If you suffer from occasional heartburn, learn these seven steps, including losing weight and sleeping at an incline, that can give you relief.
If you suffer from acid reflux at night, you may one day get relief in an unexpected way: by sleeping on a specially designed pillow. While still in the early stages of study, the pillow — or what the manufacturer calls a sleep positioning device — could eliminate the need for acid-reducing medications or even … Read More
Imagine being a baseball player who gets to see just one pitch. That’s the situation facing most hernia sufferers who require surgery. This is a get-it-right-the-first-time situation (or else). Now, double down on this scenario for seniors who are suffering from a specific type of hernia. Hiatal hernias are most often found in people in their … Read More
We call it heartburn, even though it has nothing to do with the heart. It’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and one in five Americans have had it at one time or another. Although medications can help to control reflux, lifestyle changes often do the trick, says Scott Gabbard, MD, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. GERD affects people when … Read More
Ugh…heartburn again? If that’s your mantra after meals or as you fall asleep, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, the valve between your lower esophagus and stomach weakens. This sometimes lets food and stomach acids to back up into your esophagus. The result is usually a burning sensation behind the breastbone, or … Read More