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Many people believe that heartburn is a minor problem that causes occasional
discomfort. However, most doctors now agree that it is dangerous to ignore
heartburn. Studies have shown that untreated heartburn attacks can lead to
medical complications, such as inflammation and narrowing of the esophagus (the
tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach), which can cause
pain and difficulty in swallowing, as well as respiratory problems such as
hoarseness, asthma and chronic coughing. If untreated, heartburn can also cause
dental damage. But the most serious complication associated with frequent and
extended bouts of heartburn is esophageal cancer.
But today, heartburn is
an ailment that can be avoided. Taking a pill before eating a heavy meal
prevent that painful burning sensation. Before discussing solutions for
heartburn and next-generation medications, it is important to correct
misconceptions. Some people believe that one can eliminate heartburn by
changing one’s eating habits. This is incorrect. According to medical
changing one’s eating habits will not eliminate heartburn. It will
that means taking antacids after an attack.
Medical studies have shown
that using antacids does not necessarily prevent the possible
can arise from the exposure of the esophagus to stomach acids. Antacids
false impression. The person thinks he is being healed, but in reality
only temporary relief.
Modern science operates on
the premise that it is
better to prevent maladies than to heal them when they occur. And that
principle of the new generation of medication that has been developed to
heartburn. This medication reduces the formation of acid in the stomach,
significantly diminishes the occurrence of heartburn. These medications,
as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), delay the final stage of acid
the cells of the stomach lining.
advantage of these medicines
is their ability to reduce the creation of acid in the stomach long
burning sensation begins. One pill can prevent heartburn for up to 24
Dr. Menahem Moskovitz, a senior
Ichilov Medical Center, told Active, “These medicines are good for those
suffering from heartburn. By taking these pills, they can prevent
This medication is available at
pharmacies without a
Do you suffer from heartburn? If you answer yes
to more than one of the
following questions, you may suffer from heartburn.
● Do you frequently feel an unpleasant sensation that rises from the
● Do you feel a burning sensation accompanied by pain in the upper
stomach or chest after eating fried or spicy foods?
● Do you suffer from nausea
when you wake up in the morning (if you’re not pregnant)?
● Do you occasionally
experience a bitter or sour taste in your mouth?
● Have you developed a chronic
cough and hoarseness in the morning?