Eating smaller meals, knowing your triggers can help

That basket of chili cheese fries seemed like a delicious idea at the time. But now you’re being haunted by the Ghost of Cheese Fries Past — and it’s not pretty.

Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. But the “burn” part? Yeah, that’s accurate. Heartburn feels like a scorching sensation in the center of your chest. And you might be feeling it because you have acid reflux.

Want to quench the flames? Gastroenterologist Scott Gabbard, MD, explains what causes heartburn and how to take control.

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