Some Heartburn Drugs Could Up Heart Attack Risk

Could some heartburn drugs be risky for your heart? A new Stanford University study, which used data mining to look at health information from nearly 3 million patients, found that the hugely popular proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — including Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid — were associated with a 16 to 21 percent increase in heart attack risk. This higher heart attack frequency could be seen in otherwise healthy PPI users of all ages, including under age 45, researchers reported. Get …

7 Ways to Reduce Acid Reflux (Even if You’re the President)

A nagging sore throat had President Obama checking in for an exam recently with his doctors. The diagnosis was one that’s familiar to millions of Americans: acid reflux. Acid reflux — aka heartburn — occurs when stomach acid sloshes up into your esophagus, irritating and inflaming the tissue, including the back of the throat. If it happens several times a week and becomes severe, it’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It’s estimated that 60 percent of U.S. adults will experience …

Why Your Heartburn Drugs May Not Work

As we head into a holiday season full of heavy, rich meals, here’s unwelcome news: Not only is heartburn increasing, but also those highly popular acid-blocking drugs don’t seem to work for a large number of us. A recent study in the journal Gut found that during the past two decades there was a 47 percent increase in the number of people who suffered weekly bouts of heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the condition that most often causes that burning …