Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fell Walking

By Martin Hiltlyne

Maybe you have never been to heaven which is the Lake District in England. It is a overpowering expanse of valleys and mountains. If your thinking about taking a vacation there, and your thinking about the time you have and want to use it in the best way, to see as much of the landscape as you can.

There is so much to see? Mountains big and small some easy some hard to climb. Just pick up a guide book and read the reviews of the experts. You will soon find out that fell walking is the best way to see the Lake District and all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.

Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn, and Skiddaw are the only true mountains in the Lake district because they reach over three thousand feet. All the other mountains are known as Fells and to walk them is known as fell walking. You can explore all of them by this method which is almost the same as hiking.

The terrain and weather will dictate the type of gear you will need for walking so make sure you prepare your walks well in advance.

When planning a fell walking trip, it is important to be both well prepared and also not too bring too much, as failing to do either could make for an unpleasant situation. Before constructing a final list of what you will bring, determine whether you will be walking mostly in the low-level valleys or whether you will be attempting to summit a peak. Remember that higher elevations in Lake District are likely to be much cooler than the valleys and will require that you bring warmer clothing, walking boots and proper emergency supplies in case of an injury. Essentials in any pack are water, high energy foods, waterproof layers, whistle, flashlight and compass.

Before embarking on your trip, it might also be a good idea to consult with experience walkers via an online resource site or respected book on fell walking. Some of these resources may offer maps, pictures of trails and summits, and advice from walkers who have visited the Lakes District many times in the past. Another resource to consult would also be the website of the Lakes District National Park, which not only contains information about events and activities in the Park, but also offers the latest weather information.

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