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Who's more likely to have heartburn?

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You're more likely to get heartburn if you:

  • Eat large portions
  • Eat onions, chocolate, peppermint, high-fat or spicy foods, citrus fruits, garlic, and tomatoes or tomato-based products
  • Drink citrus juices, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and carbonated beverages
  • Eat before bedtime
  • Are overweight
  • Smoke
  • Wear tight-fitting clothing or belts
  • Lie down or bend over after eating
  • Are stressed out
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a hiatal hernia
  • Take some antibiotics or NSAIDS, including aspirin
  • Are constipated

From: The Basics of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

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