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Causes of Heartburn

Causes of Heartburn

Heartburn is usually caused by eating spicy and fatty foods, drinking alcohol and coffee, and certain medications, all of which can lead to relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter muscle and reflux of stomach acid. Another risk factor for heartburn is hiatal hernia, in which part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm.

List of causes of Heartburn

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Heartburn) that could possibly cause Heartburn includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Heartburn

Heartburn Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Heartburn:

Heartburn: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Heartburn, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Heartburn:

Heartburn: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Heartburn: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Heartburn as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Heartburn as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Heartburn. Our database lists the following as having Heartburn as a complication of that condition:

Heartburn as a symptom:

Conditions listing Heartburn as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Heartburn. Our database lists the following as having Heartburn as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Heartburn:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Heartburn as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.


Drug interactions causing Heartburn:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Heartburn as a symptom.

The list below is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Alcohol and Advil (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Motrin (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Nuprin (Ibuprofen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Aleve (Naproxen) interaction
  • Alcohol and Naprosyn (Naproxen) interaction
  • more interactions...»

What causes Heartburn?

Causes: Heartburn: Relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle allowing stomach acid to come back up the esophagus.
No one knows why some people who have heartburn develop GERD. Several factors may be involved, and research is under way on many levels. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)
Article excerpts about the causes of Heartburn:
Other factors that may contribute to GERD include

  • alcohol use
  • overweight
  • pregnancy
  • smoking

Also, certain foods can be associated with reflux events, including

  • citrus fruits
  • chocolate
  • drinks with caffeine
  • fatty and fried foods
  • garlic and onions
  • mint flavorings
  • spicy foods
  • tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza
(Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

What triggers Heartburn?

The following conditions are listed as possible triggers for Heartburn:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Spicy foods
  • Acidic fruits
  • Large meal
  • Rich meal
  • Belching
  • Bending forward
  • Over-eating
  • Sleeping too soon after a meal
  • Lying down too soon after a meal
  • Fatty foods
  • Citrus foods
  • Caffeine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Straining to pass stool

Medical news summaries relating to Heartburn:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Heartburn:

Related information on causes of Heartburn:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Heartburn may be found in:

 

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