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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tips When Considering A Life Insurance Policy

By Susan Reynolds

Anyone who has dependants should have proper life insurance coverage Life insurance should be your number one priority. What happens to your family if something happens to you? The harsh reality is that you never know what could happen Nobody should be without life cover.

All of us should have life insurance. It is not fair to the ones we leave behind that depend on us if we do not plan for the future.

A lump sum life cover policy is pretty straight forward. The tricky part is finding the plan option and coverage amount that is right for you. You can ask your agent for information about each plan type and get helpful advice on selecting the right policy for you and your needs.

There are some things you should know prior to applying for life coverage. Determine how much life coverage you really need, be careful not to take out too small of an amount. Do not forget to factor the home loan and other bills. Life insurance calculators can be located on the internet to help with deciding the amount of cover you need. Being under insured is a common mistake. You want to ensure you are not over insured as well.

You will have to figure out how long you will want the insurance coverage in place. A trust will ensure that all loved ones receive their benefits.

After your death the trust will ensure all money are paid out correctly. The inheritance tax liability will increase when the cover becomes part of your estate, a trust stops this from happening. A simple trust form should be included with your policy information.

You should always look at other policy prices. Insurance policies are more expensive if you are a greater risk. The healthier and the younger you are will always fetch you a better rate on your policy package. Buy your policy now and you will save a ton of money in the long run.

The most popular cover is the Level Term Assurance (LTA) where the sum of your insured amount remains the same for the duration of the term. If you only require cover for payment of a home loan or other decreasing debt you could check out Decreasing Term Assurance (DTA) for a much better rate.

If you have any life changes happen you will need to review your cover and ensure you have enough coverage. The arrival of a new child, moving to a new town or occupational changes could affect your policy needs. Many forget that their cover may need altered to keep up with their life. When you feel it makes sense you should change your cover.

If you have had a life cover policy for some time you might want to shop around, it is possible to switch to a lower cost one. Be sure that you are not losing any valuable benefits before cancelling a policy. You have to keep in mind that if your health has gotten worse or any huge life changes have occurred you will be paying a more costly rate for a new policy.

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