Heartburn is a burning sensation in the upper central abdomen or chest that is caused by reflux of gastric contents upward. Often called acid reflux, the stomach contents including gastric acid, pepsins, enzymes as well as food, may reflux – which can cause not only symptoms, but possible damage to the lining of the esophagus.

The stomach has special protective-type cells, however, the esophagus does not have this same protection. Often times, the lower esophageal sphincter muscle becomes weak, thus allowing gastric contents to reflux into the esophagus, which can cause inflammation and even further damage to the esophageal lining over time. Many of the causes of heartburn and reflux, as well as how to diagnose and treat it are discussed below.

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Midwest Heartburn Center
Midwest Gastroenterology
3601 NE Ralph Powell Rd.
Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064
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