COPD: Heartburn Is Common

COPD: Heartburn Is Common

Many people have symptoms of heartburn after eating. They may experience nausea, feel as though food is coming back up the throat, or vomit. When these symptoms occur often, it can be a sign of GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other signs of GERD include sore throat, hoarseness, belching, coughing and wheezing, and trouble swallowing.

This condition is common in people with advanced COPD. It's possible to take medications that control stomach acid to help relieve the symptoms of GERD. You also need to keep an eye on your plate. Eating certain foods can bring on GERD's unpleasant symptoms. These are common culprits:

  • Fatty foods (fatty meats, fried foods)

  • Citrus fruits, tomato products, and onions

  • Coffee, tea, and sodas that contain caffeine

  • Chocolate and peppermint

  • Spicy foods

  • Beer, wine, and other types of alcohol

It's not just what you eat, but how much and when. Large meals are more likely to cause acid reflux. So instead of three large meals a day, try eating three small meals and one or two snacks. Avoid lying down after eating and try not to eat within two to three hours of your bedtime. Some people benefit from raising the head of their bed on 6- to 8-inch blocks. That can keep stomach acid from creeping into the esophagus.

If you're having symptoms of GERD, be sure to talk with your health care provider. With the right help, you can enjoy your food again and feel your best.



Today's Interactive Tools
Related Items

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.