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, August 18, 2009

The Best Hybrid Bikes and What They Have To Offer

By Hal Delross

If you're looking for a comfortable and easy-to-ride bike for exercise or to commute to work, a hybrid bike could be the answer. Most of the best hybrid bikes around today are lightweight and easy to ride. They take comfort to a new level. Hybrid bikes generally enable you to pedal very easily on roads. Many also enable you to ride off-road when necessary.

The main appealing features of the best hybrid bikes include a frame that is designed specifically for comfort and efficient pedaling. As well as adjustable parts that offer either an upright position or, if you prefer, a more aerodynamic position. They also have smooth suspension and are mostly made of durable but lightweight materials that enable speed while still absorbing vibration.

The suspension fork on the best hybrid bikes gives you control over bumpy surfaces and provides protection from bumps and knocks, for a more comfortable, smoother ride.

You'll also find suspension seat posts on many hybrid bikes. These are an excellent lightweight feature to soften bumps and add comfort where its needed, for example going over obstacles such as curbs. The high air pressure in the tyres also helps with higher speeds and makes long rides easier.

Contemporary hybrid bikes also have advanced gear systems, which are easy to use and good for riding up hills, as well as excellent braking systems so you have more control over your speed and can stop quickly.

Now most of the best hybrid bikes have ergonomic saddles, which are far more comfy than bicycle saddles ever used to be. They are mostly made using flexible frames, anatomical shapes and gel padding. This will make your journey far more comfortable and pleasant.

In recent times there has been a massive increase in the number of hybrid bikes being made and most of the big bike manufacturers now make them. The increase in the number of people using bikes instead of cars to get to work could be related to the quality, comfort and price of the hybrid bikes on the market. For the best hybrid bikes you don't even need to leave the house as you can get them online and most of the big companies will deliver straight to your door.

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