Does a spicy dinner mean you’ll be reaching for the antacid an hour later? You’re probably suffering from heartburn, a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid backing up into the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach (esophagus). It happens when the muscle that normally keeps the stomach acid down isn’t working properly. If heartburn occurs a few times a week or more, or if over-the-counter medicines don’t offer relief, you should see your doctor.
If you have chest pain, call your doctor or a medical professional right away. Chest pain can be a sign of a serious medical condition.