Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Quell My Excessive Belching?

Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010 04:04 PM

Question: I seem to have a tremendous amount of stomach gas — belching — but I never get heartburn, feel great, and am in great shape.
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
The most common cause of stomach gas is swallowing air, which will often happen when we rush our meal and talk while we eat. Gas in an otherwise healthy person that occurs in excess will occasionally respond to simethicone and other anti-flatulent agents, but usually lifestyle modifications are also necessary.
I have also seen cardiac patients with atypical excess gas symptoms as an early symptom of underlying heart disease. Since I do not have sufficient information to evaluate your cardiac risk, I must encourage you to seek professional examination and evaluation.

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