If you’ve ever had heartburn, you know it’s not a pleasant experience! Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest (behind the breastbone) and may feel worse when sitting or lying down. Fortunately, occasional heartburn can be treated or prevent with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications.Certain foods can cause heartburn in some people, so if you experience heartburn it may help to avoid the following foods:• Spicy foods• Onions• Citrus products• Tomato products, such as ketchup• Fatty or fried foods• Peppermint• Chocolate• Alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee or other caffeinated beverages• Large or fatty meals
It may also help to avoid lying down after a meal and avoid eating late; other lifestyle factors that can contribute to heartburn are being overweight and smoking.
Over-the-counter antacids help neutralize stomach acid and may provide heartburn relief. If you rely on antacids often or if they don’t work for you, be sure to talk to your doctor as chronic heartburn may be a sign of a more serious condition. If you’re experiencing severe chest pain or pressure, call 911 or go to the emergency room as these may be symptoms of a heart attack.