Test Your Knowledge About These Digestive Diseases

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 Do You Know How to Prevent Heartburn?

Heartburn episodes can be reduced, and in some cases prevented from occurring, by making some lifestyle changes, and following a few tips.

Do you know how to prevent heartburn? Take this quiz and test your knowledge on heartburn prevention. It will also explain along the way what steps you can take to prevent heartburn.

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How Much Do You Know About Heartburn?

You've just enjoyed a big meal and are relaxing in front of the TV when it happens. A burning sensation begins to build in the upper abdomen, behind the breastbone, and makes your chest feel like it's on fire. The burning and pain may travel from your diaphragm all the way to your throat, and may be accompanied with a sour taste and the sensation of food re-entering your mouth.

You're suffering from severe heartburn.

Despite the name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It's a digestive problem that occurs when stomach acid comes into contact with the lining of the esophagus, causing irritation.

Test your knowledge about heartburn. How many people suffer from it? What causes it?

Are there any complications? See if you know the answers to these questions and others. You can begin the quiz here.

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How Much Do You Know About Hiatal Hernias?

Some people suffer from Gastroesophageal reflux disease because they have a hiatal hernia.

Approximately half of hiatal hernia patients don't experience any symptoms. For the other 50 percent of patients, the following symptoms may occur. For those who do experience symptoms, the most common is heartburn. Many individuals with a hiatal hernia also have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. For them, their doctors may prescribe a treatment plan that is similar to the treatment for GERD.

Other digestive disorders can occur along with a hiatal hernia. Learn which is the disorder that occurs in the majority of hiatal hernia patients.

There are two categories of hiatal hernias, sliding or paraesophageal. With paraesophageal hernias, the gastro-esophageal junction remains where it belongs, but part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus. These hernias remain in the chest at all times. With this type of hernia, complications can occur.

If you've been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, you will want to know how to live with it.

How much do you know about hiatal hernias? Test your knowledge of these questions and others by taking this hiatal hernia quiz!

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How Much Do You Know About Peptic Ulcers?

A peptic ulcer is an area of the stomach or duodenal (the first part of the small intestine) lining that becomes eroded by the stomach acid. Known individually as stomach and duodenal ulcers, collectively they are known as peptic ulcers. Do you think you are suffering from an ulcer? Take this Peptic Ulcer screening quiz, and then discuss the results with your doctor.

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