Heartburn is given its name for a very good reason. It describes the feeling of a burning sensation in the middle of the chest. Heartburn isn’t really linked to the heart, but a symptom of something else that has nothing to do with heart health or function. Also known as acid indigestion, “heartburn” is associated with digestion. However, when severe enough, heartburn symptoms are often mistaken for heart attack symptoms. If in doubt, visit your local ER! Doctors would rather err on the side of caution than encourage people to self-diagnose.
Everyone experiences occasional heartburn, but when the condition becomes chronic or occurs more than three times a week, a doctor may diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. As the name implies, the gastrointestinal system is the body part affected by heartburn. Heartburn happens to men and women of all ages but is most common in adults over 60 years of age. Continue Reading