Heartburn and GERD Center
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General Overview
Heartburn is a burning sensation in the lower chest—the main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


InDepth
Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures
Preventing Heartburn


While foods aren't normally the cause of GERD, they may aggravate its symptoms. Learn more about which foods are commonly irritating.



Aside from stomach problems, some research suggests that pain medications can cause complications of GERD, particularly in the elderly.

 
Special Topics

The chest pain known as angina, which is a symptom of coronary artery disease, is sometimes misinterpreted as heartburn, and vice versa. This article outlines how to differentiate between one chest pain and another.


Your family has just finished dinner when someone at the table starts feeling a burning sensation in their chest. It isn’t your spouse or Aunt Mabel, but your child. The burning sensation, or heartburn, is one symptom of GERD.

Related Conditions
Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)
Resources
American College of Gastroenterology

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse




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