May 13, 2021

Interviewer: Heartburn, Dr. Tom Miller, how do I know if I have it?

Dr. Miller: Scot, typically you have this burning sensation in the mid-chest after meals. Basically, it's pretty common as we get older and especially if we're overweight. It's accompanied by regurgitation and is just worse when you're lying down. When you go to bed is typically when people experience heartburn if they experience it.

Interviewer: All right. What's triggering that? Is it stress or something that I ate?

Dr. Miller: Not so much stress, but certain foods can reliably trigger heartburn in many people. Spicy foods, that hot chili pepper meal, beer, alcoholic beverages, coffee, acidic sauces and dressing, all those things typically can trigger heartburn.

Interviewer: Just avoid those foods then, or is there something else I could do?

Dr. Miller: That's the first thing you do. Also, lose weight. Then, if you're still having heartburn, say three times a week or more, that could be a sign that something more serious is going on and you should see your physician about that.

updated: May 13, 2021
originally published: April 23, 2019

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