Acid Reflux & Heartburn


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Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. When this happens it feels like heartburn; a mild burning sensation mid-chest, often after you eat or lie down. You may have a sour or bitter taste in your mouth. Acid reflux can progress to GERD, a more severe type of reflux that occurs two or more times a week.



GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called acid reflux, affects about 15 million people annually in the United States. GERD occurs when a backflow of stomach acid makes its way into the esophagus, causing irritation and sometimes damage to the lining of the esophagus. GERD usually causes a burning sensation from the stomach into the chest. Symptoms are often worse after eating or when lying down. GERD may also present as a sour, bitter taste, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or persistent cough.