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A HMS Guide: Cooling Heartburn

You enjoyed the meal, but now you’re paying for it. You’ve got heartburn—an uncomfortable burning sensation spreading through the middle of your chest. Sometimes the pain is so intense that you may think you are having a heart attack. Heartburn is among the most common gastrointestinal maladies. About 20% of Americans have heartburn at least once a week; 10% experience it nearly every day. One survey revealed that 65% of people with heartburn…

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