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    Friday, July 2, 2010

    5 Tips on Swallowing and Heartburn

    1.Abnormal swallowing is commonly perceived as food "sticking on the way down." If this complaint persists, it is sometimes due to a serious condition and should always prompt medical attention.

    2.Swallowing difficulty may be caused by a number of different problems including:
    * Poor or incomplete chewing (possibly the result of dental problems, poorly fitted dentures, or eating too quickly)
    * Abnormal muscle contraction
    * Scar tissue from chronic inflammation
    * Infection
    * Cancer

    3.Heartburn is a very common problem caused by regurgitation or reflux of gastric acid into the esophagus, which connects the mouth and the stomach.

    4.Heartburn can often be eliminated by avoiding:
    * Smoking
    * Fatty food in the diet
    * Caffeine
    * Chocolate
    * Peppermint
    * Overeating
    * Bed-time snacks
    * Tight-fitting clothes that constrict the abdomen
    * Certain medications
    * Heavy lifting, straining

    5.It is important to consider the possibility of heart disease before attributing any kind of chest pain to gastroesophageal reflux.

    Please remember, as with all our articles we provide information, not medical advice. For any treatment of your own medical condition you must visit your local doctor, with or without our article[s]. These articles are not to be taken as individual medical advice.

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