Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart; rather, it is related to acid indigestion and is usually not a cause for concern beyond discomfort or fleeting pain. People who experience recurring heartburn may require medication or dietary changes to reduce the amount of stomach acid retreating into the esophagus. A bitter or sour taste often accompanies heartburn.
Pain in the chest and possibly the throat are the most common signs of heartburn. Often, people find belching or drinking a glass of cold milk or water relieves these symptoms. Although milk may offer temporary relief by neutralizing stomach acid, it can also stimulate further acid production. In the long run, this can make the symptoms worse. If the pain continues or recurs often, it is best to speak to a doctor about other treatments or to explore other causes.
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