Heartburn Facts

When it comes to heartburn, there is a lot of information out there. Here's a bit of history and other facts about heartburn based on scientific and historical research.

A little heartburn history

  • The first written record of heartburn treatment dates back to the first century.
  • The use of calcium carbonate to relieve heartburn has been traced back to the first century.

Who gets heartburn?

  • On average, 5 million Canadians experience heartburn and/or acid regurgitation at least once each week. (1)
  • Experts estimate that 40% of adults experience heartburn monthly.

Heartburn & Pregnancy

  • 40-80% of pregnant women will suffer from heartburn. (2)
  • Heartburn is associated with increased severity of nausea and vomiting. Managing heartburn may decrease severity of these symptoms.
  • Learn more about heartburn during pregnancy.

Heartburn Relief

  • TUMS brand is the number one selling antacid in North America.
  • Approximately 94% of people link their heartburn symptoms to certain types of foods that cause heartburn.
  • Over 46% of people taking a PPI may experience occasional breakthrough heartburn.


(1) Source: Canadian Digestive Health Association

(2) The American Journal of Gastroenterology (2007) 102, 2395–2400; doi:10.1111/j.1572-0241.2007.0145