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National Heartburn Call-In May Make Things Easier to Swallow

May 21 'DIAL-ogue' offers help to 50 million Americans

MONDAY, May 20, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- Medical experts will give you answers to all those burning questions you have about heartburn during a national call-in May 21.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, anyone with a question about heartburn or other digestive health issues can call 1-877-GUT-9800 and speak with a gastroenterologist. The free event, called DIAL-ogue on Heartburn, is being hosted by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).

Nighttime heartburn is the focus of the call-in. About 50 million Americans have the condition, and many don't realize it can more dangerous than daytime heartburn. Nighttime heartburn sufferers are 11 times more likely to develop cancer of the esophagus than people without heartburn symptoms.

With nighttime heartburn, stomach acid lingers in the throat while sufferers lie in bed. And since they're trying to sleep, they're less likely to get up and take something for their symptoms.

More information

You can prepare for your phone call by visiting the American Gastroenterological Association.

SOURCE: news release, American Gastroenterological Association
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