Heartburn:

Heartburn, also known as  acid
indigestion is a burning sensation in
the chest, just behind the breastbone.
The pain often rises in the chest and
may radiate to the neck, throat, or
angle of the jaw.

Heartburn is usually associated with
regurgitation of gastric acid  being the
major symptom of gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD). It however may
also be a symptom of ischemic heart
disease so concluding that it is
heartburn prematurely may lead to
misdiagnosis.



"NO CUTTING" PROCEDURE TO
ELIMINATE HEARTBURN
Transoral incisionless fundoplication
(TIF) is a completely incisionless
procedure performed safely, quickly,
and with minimal patient downtime.
The EsophyX device is introduced into
the body through the mouth, rather
than through an abdominal incision.
Advanced into the esophagus under
visualization of a video camera
inserted down the central shaft of the
device. The EsophyX device is then
used to form and fasten several tissue
folds, or plications, to create a robust
antireflux valve at the astroesophageal
junction, preventing reflux.
Recent clinical studies show that two
years after the procedure, 85 per cent
of patients are still heartburn free.
Privately it costs USD 7,700.00 in the
UK.
EsophyX maker is Endogastric
Solutions.


OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Current blockbuster drugs:
AstraZeneca plc's "purple pill" Nexium,
Takeda Pharmacetical's  Prevacid;

Potential blockbuster: Orexo AB, with
its OX17 proton pump inhibitor in trial;
Prilosec OTC is strong enough to fight
heartburn before it begins. It’s the only
over-the-counter PPI (proton pump
inhibitor) clinically proven to block
heartburn for 24 hours. And that
means with 1 pill a day for 14 days,
you get the relief you need from the
pain of frequent heartburn. And, while
taking Prilosec OTC, heartburn won’t
keep coming back.