Yes, heartburn is common
At some point, you’ll probably feel the burn – heartburn, that is. Around one in five Australians experience regular reflux or heartburn. But although heartburn is common, it’s causes can be tricky to understand, experts say. Here’s what you need to know about heartburn.
It’s on the rise
If it seems as if more people are dealing with heartburn, it’s because they are. “Heartburn has become extremely common, especially in recent years with a growing number of people who are obese,” says Dr Kristle Lynch, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. One of the primary heartburn causes is obesity, which increases gastric pressure so that stomach contents flow back up into the oesophagus.
Do you have heartburn?
The term may sound self-explanatory, but you’ll know it’s happening to you if “you feel a burning midline chest pain or experience some liquid regurgitation (acid reflux),” says Dr Lynch.