Heartburn

What is it?

Heart burn, or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), occurs when stomach acid goes up into the oesophagus (gullet), causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat, and sometimes the taste of acid in the mouth.  Heartburn usually occurs after eating food or when lying flat.  It can be treated by medicines which reduce the amount of stomach acid.  Sometimes heartburn is caused by a bacteria called H. pylori, which if present can be cured with antibiotics.

How we can help

If you think you may suffer from heart burn, we may be able to offer you a diagnosis online and provide you with advice, medication, and private testing for H. pylori.  We may also be able to refer you for a private endoscopy, or a camera that goes down the oesophagus, if appropriate.

Please note that if you are experiencing severe chest pain, especially if it is a dull, aching pain worse on exercise and accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, or clamminess, or if you have had problems with your heart in the past, you should see your usual GP or go to A&E, as you may need urgent investigations and/or treatment.