Ways to help heartburn

heartburn helped by riser recliner armchairsHeartburn, also referred to as cardialgia, pyrosis and acid indigestion, involves a burning sensation just below the breastbone. Pain levels are often exacerbated by eating, bending over and lying down, while contributing factors may include being overweight, being pregnant or eating a diet that is high in fat. Other symptoms associated with heartburn include:

• Nausea and sickness
• Chest pain
• A persistent cough, particularly at night
• Tooth decay
• Wheeziness and hoarseness
• Sore throats and laryngitis

Treating cardialgia

If you are experiencing acid indigestion on a regular basis, it may be worth visiting your GP. Taking the following measures may also help to alleviate symptoms:

• Losing weight if you are currently overweight
• Eating smaller, less frequent meals
• Avoiding meals within three hours of going to bed
• Cutting out foods such as tomatoes, chocolate, spicy food and high-fat meals
• Avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks
• Giving up smoking
• Taking over-the-counter medicines such as antacids, alginates or proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs)

Adjusting your posture

Raising the head of the bed by approximately 20 centimetres (eight inches) has also been shown to relieve the symptoms of cardialgia. While propping yourself up with extra pillows can actually increase pressure on the abdomen, adjustable electric beds have been shown to improve comfort levels and to reduce the symptoms of heartburn.

Arise Mobility offers a selection of adjustable electric beds, which may help pyrosis sufferers at night time, when symptoms tend to be most pronounced. These beds can help to relieve acid indigestion and promote restful sleep. Adjustable electric beds can also help to improve circulation and posture, ease back and muscle pain and relieve conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and leg ulcers.

Contact Arise today to find out more about the ways in which adjustable electric beds can relieve the symptoms of heartburn.

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