Heartburn 101
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Heartburn 101

Do spicy foods give you heartburn? Do you struggle with chronic acid reflux? Test your heartburn IQ with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of the following contributes to heartburn?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Additionally, stress, smoking and certain foods may cause heartburn.

Heartburn 101
Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which drugs can cause heartburn symptoms?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Prescription and nonprescription medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen and sleeping pills can all cause heartburn. Other medicines that can cause heartburn include prednisone, iron, potassium and antihistamines.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What do proton pump inhibitors do?

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The correct answer is: Proton pump inhibitors block the production of acid, thereby treating the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Who shouldn't take proton pump inhibitors?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. People with kidney disease, pregnant women and anyone with an allergy to the drug should not take proton pump inhibitors, or any other acid reducers or antacids.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Antacids work like proton pump inhibitors.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Antacids don't prevent the formation of acid. They neutralize it.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What portion of the population in the U.S. has gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD?

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The correct answer is: GERD affects 20 to 30 percent of people in the United States. GERD is one of several conditions that can cause heartburn.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Acid reflux occurs when a valve allows stomach acid to seep into the esophagus.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Acid reflux means that acid in the stomach for digesting food backs up through the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is a hiatal hernia?

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The correct answer is: In a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach moves into the chest through the diaphragm.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: All hiatal hernias cause acid reflux.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hiatal hernias often cause heartburn, but they do not always cause acid reflux.

Heartburn 101
Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which foods can make acid reflux worse?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Lots of foods -- and drinks -- can contribute to heartburn, including tomato-based foods, fatty foods and chocolate.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol causes the valve at the end of the esophagus to relax, which can cause acid reflux.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People with severe acid reflux should avoid drinking alcohol.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking milk is an effective long-term solution to heartburn.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Drinking milk can cause short-term relief. But the calcium in milk makes the stomach produce more acid, which exacerbates the original problem.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following natural remedies can help soothe heartburn?

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The correct answer is: Licorice has been shown to provide short-term relief for GERD and peptic ulcers.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How does sleep affect heartburn?

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The correct answer is: Lying down can make heartburn worse. To reduce symptoms, wait at least three hours after eating before going to bed. You can also elevate the head of your bed to reduce symptoms.

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True or false: Surgery is one option to cure acid reflux.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Antireflux surgery is a well-established procedure. It's also major surgery and carries risks.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How does magnesium oxide work?

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The correct answer is: Magnesium oxide works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a side effect of magnesium oxide?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Magnesium oxide can cause allergic reactions as well as diarrhea and slow reflexes.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Heartburn is more common in late pregnancy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As the baby gets bigger, the uterus pushes on the stomach, making heartburn more common in later pregnancy.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How can GERD affect teeth health?

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The correct answer is: Stomach acid can slowly dissolve tooth enamel, which can eventually weaken the teeth and cause them to be removed.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Distinguishing between a heart attack and heartburn can be difficult.

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The correct answer is: This is true. To be safe, call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you are having chest pain. Most heart attacks happen after physical exertion, and heartburn typically happens after a meal. Symptoms of heart attack include: Sudden pressure, tightening, squeezing or crushing chest pain; pain that radiates to the back, neck, jaw, shoulders or arms, particularly the left side; and shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea or stomach pain.

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