Tame the flame: Understanding and managing heartburn
AbstractHeartburn is a common condition described as burning discomfort/pain felt in the stomach, passing upwards behind the breastbone (retrosternal). Heartburn can cause chest pain that may sometimes radiate to the neck, throat or jaw. However, unlike the word suggests, it does not involve the heart. The pharmacist’s assistant is ideally positioned to offer over-the-counter (OTC) treatment options to provide relief to patients with this bothersome disorder. In addition, by thoroughly questioning patients, the pharmacist’s assistant can identify those patients with a potentially more serious underlying condition who should be referred to the doctor.
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