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Managing Holiday Indigestion

Heidi Rula, MD

Medical Director of the Supportive Care Services Department

The holidays are upon us and for many, these gatherings of family and friends (likely a little smaller group this year in the face of COVID), can mean not only an overindulgence of food and drink but also a time of increased stress- a classic set up for heartburn.  Many cancer patients also experience heartburn as a result of their cancer treatments.

Most people have experienced heartburn sometime in their life.  It is estimated that 15% of the population will have heartburn at least once a week and 7% of people will have it daily.   Heartburn is generally experienced as a burning discomfort under the breastbone that usually is the result of stomach acid backing up into the esophagus from a relaxation of the sphincter that connects the esophagus to the stomach.  This can occur from stress, the use of certain medications, and various foods.

Manging Holiday Indegestion


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