Heartburn causes & symptoms

Heartburn affects most people at some stage of their lives. It occurs when hydrochloric acid from the stomach moves past the oesophageal valve and up into the oesophagus, burning the sensitive tissue of the oesophagus and causing pain. 

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of heartburn include a burning sensation in the chest and difficulty swallowing.

Common Causes and Risk Factors

  • Spicy food
  • Fatty/fried food
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Peppermints
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Large meals
  • Tomato sauce
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

References & Legals

Many people can identify the triggers for their symptoms and take action accordingly, but if you are suffering regularly, or have any concerns, consult your GP.