Heartburn & Reflux


Heartburn is an all too common burning sensation that occurs in the chest just behind the breastbone. The pain caused by heartburn is often made worse by lying down or bending over, but there is no reason to be alarmed. Most people can manage the discomfort of heartburn by using over-the-counter medications and changing their diet and lifestyle. Among several other causes of heartburn, the main ones include:

  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based products
  • Citrus fruits and juices

To reduce your chances of getting heartburn or to help minimize heartburn that is already present, avoid a diet that is heavy in the above items.

One symptom of severe heartburn is Acid Reflux. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid is regurgitated into your throat or mouth. It can produce a sour or bitter taste and be unpleasant, but it is not an immediate cause for concern. Burping, nausea after eating, excessive stomach bloating and abdominal pain may also accompany heartburn and reflux.

If you are experience unusually painful heartburn or chronic acid reflux, make an appointment with Saracino Gastroenterology. If acid reflux is severe or goes untreated, it can damage the lining of your esophagus and may lead to bleeding.



Dr. Joseph Saracino, MD
2602 N. Herritage Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-242-1005

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