In heartburn, a person feels a strong burning sensation right in the middle of the chest. This problem can increase your problems from a few minutes to several hours. This can sometimes be due to pregnancy, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or taking anti-inflammatory drugs.
Every day many people are troubled by the problem of heartburn. In heartburn, a person feels a strong burning sensation right in the middle of the chest. This problem can increase your problems from a few minutes to several hours. This can sometimes be due to pregnancy, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or taking anti-inflammatory drugs. But these burning sensations in the chest can also be a sign of serious illness in some cases.
A recent study has claimed that the problem of heartburn may also be linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart attack. Therefore, on seeing its warning sign in the body, you should immediately contact the doctor.
- persistent heartburn for several hours
- severe or persistent heartburn symptoms
- difficulty swallowing or feeling pain
- Vomiting due to heartburn
- sudden loss of body weight
- taking heartburn or indigestion medicines for 2 weeks and then feeling symptoms
- severe hoarseness or nervousness
Cancer – Heartburn problems can sometimes be due to cancer in the throat (voice box) or stomach intestine (GI tract). Acid flowing in the stomach intestine (GI tract). Acid flowing in the stomach intestine sometimes damages the tissue and this leads to the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma. According to Linas Venklauskas, a renowned bariatric surgeon, if the causes of heartburn are not treated early enough, it can trigger Barrett’s esophagus which is a pre-cancerous disease occurring in the digestive system.
Hiatus hernia – When the abdominal part pushes the lower part of the chest upwards due to weakness in the diaphragm, it is called a hiatus hernia. This problem can be caught only after getting tested at the time of pain or burning in the chest. Usually, this problem is seen in people above 50 years of age. Unless the symptoms are severe, there is no need to get it treated. If there is constant burning in the chest, then definitely get it treated.
Peptic Ulcer Disease – People suffering from peptic ulcer disease often ignore it as a burning sensation in the chest. The symptoms of heartburn and peptic ulcer disease are very similar. Therefore, it is also important to pay attention to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, burning pain, and change in stool color due to bleeding. If this happens, get it checked immediately.
Heart attack – Even in the case of a heart attack, many times people ignore it as heartburn. To understand the difference between them, it is necessary to pay attention to some symptoms. Symptoms like chest pain, rapid heartbeat, clammy skin, indigestion, and nausea can be a warning signs of a heart attack. Heartburn is accompanied by pain in the chest, bitter taste in the mouth, increasing pain when lying down, burning sensation till the throat after eating spicy food.