Heartburn is a symptom created by acid reflux, which results in the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) if it persists and happens more than twice a week. It is a very common symptom described by an internal burning pain felt around the lower chest area.
Heartburn is felt when stomach acid flows back up into the food pipe – the gullet, down which food moves from the mouth to the stomach
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. It happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
Symptoms of heartburn usually consist of a sensation of burning or discomfort after eating, located in the middle of the lower chest underneath the sternum (breastbone). The discomfort may increase when bending over or lying flat on the back. Some people experience dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) or feeling like food is stuck in the lower esophagus while others may have a cough or respiratory discomfort, although these symptoms occur less frequently
Signs more typical of heartburn include:
A sharp, burning sensation just below the breastbone or ribs.
Pain generally does not radiate to the shoulders, neck, or arms, but it can.
Pain usually comes after meals, when lying on the back, when exercising or when experiencing anxiety.
Symptoms usually respond quickly to antacids.
Rarely accompanied by a cold sweat.