What Is Heartburn/GERD

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is a burning sensation in the chest, behind the lower breastbone, that often intensifies when a person is lying down or bending over. The pain usually occurs shortly after eating or at night.

Heartburn is a common symptom of a digestive disorder known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD, in which acid that is normally confined to the stomach backsplashes into the esophagus, a muscular passage that connects the oral cavity with the stomach. GERD is a very common problem – according to the American Gastroenterological Association, about 30 to 40 percent of Americans are affected by the disorder. The Patient Education Center at Harvard Medical School reports that about 10 percent of those suffering with the disease experience symptoms. Heartburn and GERD can affect all ages – even infants and children may develop the condition.

What Causes Heartburn/GERD

Risk Factors For Heartburn/GERD

Diagnosing Heartburn/GERD

Symptoms of Heartburn/GERD


Living With Heartburn/GERD



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

Care Guide

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For Your Doctor

Questions For A Doctor