Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is one of the most common symptoms of acid reflux. It refers to a painful, burning sensation or sense of discomfort that occurs in the middle of your abdomen and rises up through your chest and/or throat. Despite its name, heartburn does not affect your heart.
Another common acid reflux symptom, regurgitation describes the sensation of acid rising up into your throat or mouth. Regurgitation may produce a sour or bitter taste, and can sometimes cause burping and vomiting.
When symptoms occur
Acid reflux symptoms most often occur:
- after eating a heavy meal
- when bending over, or lifting a heavy object
- when lying down, especially on your back
- at night
Managing your acid reflux & heartburn
While acid reflux is quite common, and rarely serious, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and manage your acid reflux. In some cases, symptoms of acid reflux may signal that stomach acid has inflamed your esophagus (throat), which can damage the lining of your esophagus and cause bleeding.
Learn how to manage your acid reflux and heartburn with our diet tips and easy lifestyle changes.