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Is heartburn dangerous?

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Simple heartburn that passes relatively quickly isn't dangerous -- certainly not life-threatening. But chronic, severe heartburn, especially with acid reflux, can eventually damage your esophagus if left untreated. You should talk to your doctor about your symptoms if they are becoming frequent.

SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

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SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

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