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How to handle your heartburn

1. Chew Gum for Heartburn
Research shows that, for many people with heartburn, chewing non-mint, sugarless gum for 30 minutes after a meal reduces the risk of heartburn. Chewing gum may increase swallowing, thus helping wash acid out of the esophagus.

2. Watch Your Weight
Being overweight or obese increases your risk of heartburn. One reason may be that excess weight adds pressure on the valve at the top of the stomach. Losing weight isn't easy, of course, but trimming down may help with your acid indigestion. And that may mean better sleep at night and less daytime sleepiness.

3. Watch for Danger Signs
If you're experiencing heartburn more than twice a week, tell your doctor. Frequent nighttime heartburn can signal GERD, which should be treated to prevent further problems. Also realize, heart attack symptoms can feel similar to heartburn. If you're concerned about sudden pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest, seek medical help immediately.

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