First, change the behaviors that contribute to heartburn. If the pain persists, medications called PPIs are highly effective.
Are you bothered by burning behind the breastbone after eating? You are not alone. One-third of us suffer from heartburn, typified by a pain and irritation in the upper gut. The underlying trouble is usually a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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