Perhaps you’ve just eaten a good meal. Now, though, you’re in pain. There’s a sharp, burning sensation in your chest that won’t seem to go away. In fact, it gets worse when you bend or lie down. What’s wrong? Most people would answer “heartburn.” That’s correct.
It’s interesting that the word heartburn is often used synonymously with the terms acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). However, these terms actually have different meanings.
Acid reflux is a common health condition that ranges in severity. GERD is a long-term, more serious form of that condition. And heartburn is a symptom of both. It’s important to know the difference so that you know what action to take to preserve your health. So when you start to feel “the burn,” is acid reflux to blame or GERD? Further, what can you do about it?
It’s no secret. Everyone knows that smoking kills. Yet, more than 35 million people in the U.S. smoke . Why? Why do so many people pick up and maintain a habit that’s estimated to take a whole decade off of a person’s life?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects millions of people in the U.S. In fact, it’s the third leading cause of death, resulting in tens of thousands of lives lost yearly. As if this isn’t sad enough, it’s made worse by the fact that COPD is often preventable and treatable.
What can you do to prevent yourself and others from falling victim to the grips of COPD? Read on to find out. Before you can learn to protect yourself from something, though, you need to know what you’re up against. Hence the question: What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?