What Causes Esophageal Spasms?

Q:
What Causes Esophageal Spasms?

A:
Esophageal spasms are abnormal contractions of the muscles in the esophagus (food pipe). It is still not clear what causes esophageal spasms.

However, some risk factors may increase the chances of esophageal spasms:

  • Old age (over 60)
  • Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Drinking too much red wine
  • Consuming very hot or very cold foods or drinks

If esophageal spasms make it difficult to eat or drink, please go to see your doctor and receive proper treatments.

 

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