Heartburn pains the chest. The costs of long-term medicines to treat heartburn can be a pain in the pocketbook as well. But a method that keeps an eye on reflux symptoms could save patients' cash.
Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption have been linked to the development of throat cancer. Frequent heartburn also has been added to that list of potential culprits in the disease.
Heavier set individuals are more likely to have acid reflux. But it is unclear whether reflux medicines are enough to stop heartburn and other symptoms in the overweight and obese.
Overweight and obese patients are at risk for a number of health conditions, including heartburn and two kinds of acid reflux. Could their weight affect how well their medications treat those conditions?
Elevated sex hormone levels in pregnant women or in those who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were often believed to be the culprit behind prevalent heartburn in women. But that may not be the case.