Cleaning Out Barrett's Esophagus
Heartburn can badly damage the lining of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach). This damage can raise your risk for cancer. Now, researchers say there is a safe way to fix this damage.
Your Heart's Not Really Burning
"I got heartburn during my second pregnancy," Marcy tells dailyRx.com. "It felt like fire in my throat. My doctor told me that the baby was pushing up on my stomach." Some years later, Marcy said it returned. "I quit smoking in 2006 and gained a lot of weight, and it kicked in for real - like every night or when I lay down - here it came. In the middle of the night, this vile bitter vomit would come up, wake me up and go into my nose. It was awful." What she's talking about is a serious form of heartburn.
Getting Ahead of Heartburn
Heartburn can damage a person's esophagus. In some people, the damage can be so bad that it leads to cancer. Experts have put out new guidelines for treating the damage caused by heartburn and lowering the risk of cancer.