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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • I have a heartburn like a hot thing coming in

  • There is a feeling of strangeness in the pit of the stomach

  • There is a feeling that gastric fluid is flowing up

  • There is a feeling that the stomach is burning

  • Coughing and reflux sensation when I lie down

  • Acid reflux when I eat too much

  • Acid reflux when I eat too fast

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About the Symptom

Heartburn is a burning pain in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain often worsens after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • Abdominal pain

  • Melena (black stools)

Possible Causes

Generally, Heartburn can be related to:

  • Stomach Cancer

    Cancer of the stomach. The primary symptom is indigestion or "heartburn." Sometimes people have nausea or bloating and weight loss and fatigue as well. It is diagnosed when a doctor, usually a gastroenterologist, puts a tube with a camera down the throat while the patient is sleeping and takes a biopsy of any abnormality they see in the stomach. Once the cancer has been diagnosed by biopsy, CT scans, PET scans and MRIs may be ordered as well. Known risk factors include alcohol, occupational exposures such as rubber, an infection called "H pylori," pernicious anemia, gastric acid reflux (GERD) and age.

  • Gastroduodenal Ulcer

    Ulcers are sores that can develop in the stomach and small intestines. In severe cases, the ulcers can be deep and cause bleeding within the gut wall. Common causes include the bacteria H. pylori, and painkillers such as Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil, Aleve (NSAIDs).

  • Gastritis

    A condition where the stomach's surface lining is inflamed. Weaknesses or injury to the mucus-lined barrier that usually protect the stomach wall allow digestive juices to damage and inflame the stomach lining. A number of diseases and conditions can increase the risk of gastritis, including a bacteria infection called H. pylori. Some symptoms are belly ache, belly pain, nausea and vomiting.

  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection
  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
  • Scleroderma
  • Hydatidiform Mole
  • Esophageal Cancer

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Heartburn may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Stable Angina

    Stable angina is caused by a blockage in the heart arteries, affecting the blood supply to the heart. It is characterized by short episodes of chest pain that go away on their own. It may be triggered by physical exertion and/or stress. Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are you experiencing heartburn?

  • Do you feel burning or hunger in your stomach?

  • Do you have discomfort in the upper abdomen, like an upset tummy?

  • Are you experiencing heartburn?

  • Do you experience heartburn after eating?

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References

  • Heartburn and acid reflux

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heartburn-and-acid-reflux/

Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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