You Should Know

June 2000 Issue

Heartburn? Roll to the Left for Relief

Are you a back sleeper? Strictly a tummy type? Or do you favor the right or left side? It might matter if you suffer from heartburn, known to doctors as GERD, for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Sleeping on your left side may offer much-needed relief from the telltale burning pain in the chest or lump in the throat. Heartburn occurs when acid in the stomach backs up into the throat, irritating the esophageal lining. An estimated 40% of American adults experience

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