I have been
experiencing a lot of acid reflux of late. I think it might have something
to do with the fact that I've been smoking more lately. Is this true?
There are many reasons to not smoke, and one of the reasons is that it can
definitely cause or worsen symptoms of esophageal reflux disease . First
off, tobacco inhibits saliva, which is a significant buffer that the body
has against acid. Secondly, studies have shown that tobacco can stimulate
the production of stomach acid production. Lastly, and most significantly,
tobacco causes a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle,
thereby allowing acid reflux from the stomach to the esophagus to occur.
I wake up
every morning coughing. I have been to my internal medicine doctor, an ear
nose and throat doctor and pulmonologist and have not gotten better. A
friend told me that they had a cough that was related to reflux. How can I
tell if that is the ca...
Acid reflux is not limited to the United States. Parents and support groups from around the world contact us with questions about acid reflux. In England, there is a website and support group for U.K. parents called Babyreflux (babyreflux.co.uk). Here, parents can discover acid reflux products that are available to help them care for babies with acid reflux. This is the second SharePost providing answers to questions from the site's founder. These questions were submitted by parents of children with acid reflux. As you will see, the experiences of families living with acid reflux in England are shared by many of us. Read the first SharePost here . Q 1: Our daughter is now 8 months old and still regularly vomits her milk/solids despite having every medicine available for her, wedges for sleeping, supports for her car seat/buggy and all the usual techniques to avoid promoting the sicking up. At what point should we be seeing a change in the amount of fl...
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Dr. Shelby-Lane: Arrhythmias are any deviations in the normal rhythm of the heart (heartbeat). They usually occur as a result of interference with the electrical pathways that produce the heart's rhythmic muscular contractions. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is responsible for slowing down the heartbeat rate. The Beta-1 Adrenergic Receptors of the Beta-Adrenergic Nervous System are responsible for speeding up the heartbeat rate.
If you experience the following symptoms, you may need to be evaluated for toxicity and consider a stress test , echocardiogram, holter monitor or a tilt table test for further evaluation and diagnosis. A neurologic evaluation may also be indicated.
Fluttering or pounding in the heart Hemodynamic disturbances are potentially life-threatening such as bradycardia and tachycardia Dizziness Syncope (fainting) Unu...
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