The heartburn represents a condition that can be very annoying and unbearable. It is characterized by a feeling like a burning sensation that usually occurs at the base of the sternum and often comes to spread.

This condition is frequently associated with gastric reflux. The symptoms that accompany heartburn are:

  • asthma and recurrent pneumonia
  • difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • dental erosion
  • nausea
  • throat problems
  • wheezing
  • dry cough and persistent
  • vomit


What kind of diseases can be associated with heartburn?

Although GERD is one of the most common disorders related to heartburn, there are many other diseases that may be associated with this condition:

  • Angina pectoris
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Esophagitis
  • Gastritis
  • Indigestion
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Food intolerance
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Stomach cancer
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Peptic ulcer

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for heartburn?

The pharmacological remedies most commonly used against heartburn are based on the use of anti-acid, as the acidity is considered one of the most common causes triggering this disorder.

Among the most common non-drug remedies is the use of baking soda and milk. However, it is necessary to treat the basic, underlying disease of the patient (the heartburn is just a symptom), for resolution of the problem.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of heartburn?

If the disorder does not subside within a few days or with determined diagnosis of the associated diseases (see list of associated diseases).