Common Symptoms of Heartburn

Overview

Heartburn is a burning pain that is most pronounced in your chest. It is a symptom of many conditions [1], such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pregnancy, and acid reflux. There are several possible causes.

In most cases, you will feel the pain just behind your breastbone (sternum). Sometimes the exact location of this pain can be hard to pinpoint and people mistake the pain for a sign of a heart problem. The pain of severe heartburn and pain from a heart attack can sometimes be very difficult to differentiate.

Most people experience heartburn once in a while. This is normal and can be triggered by a wide range of things, such as the food they eat. This can often be treated using medications purchased over the counter. If you experience heartburn frequently and for long periods, it may be a sign of an underlying problem.

Heartburn often features a bitter or sour taste at the back of the throat or in the mouth along with the pain. This article discusses the main symptoms of heartburn. Read on to find out.