• Angela Angela
    January 28, 2009
    Cause of sudden, severe heartburn?
    Angela Angela
    January 28, 2009

    I am experiencing severe heartburn. It feels as if a pepper has burst open in my chest.  I'm not experiencing chests pains or weakness, but it is very uncomfortable.  What could cause this?



  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 29, 2009
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 29, 2009

    I am concerned with your sudden heartburn symptoms.  People with heart disease describe their pain in may different ways: sharp, dull, pressing, and even burning.  Should you have recurrent symptoms like this, or your discomfort is persistent, you should seek a medical opinion.  Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.  If this discomfort is persistent and lasts more than 10-15 minutes, I suggest you go to the emergency room. 


    You need a face to face evaluation, examination, and electrocardiogram.  If all is negative, then treatment can be directed at other possible, less serious, causes.


    Here are some links you might find useful:


    Cooling the Fire of Heartburn


    Heartburn Prevention


    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and heartburn - Highlights



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