Acid reflux, heartburn and GERD


chest-pain-squareAcid reflux, heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are terms and conditions used to describe similar gastrointestinal issues.

Acid reflux occurs when the stomach acid “splashes up from the stomach into the esophagus.”

“Heartburn” is used interchangeably with “acid reflux,” but heartburn is an actual symptom of acid reflux.

GERD is “severe or chronic acid reflux that can lead to complications such as cancer.”

(source: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/heartburn-gerd-basic-information-causes)

What are the most common symptoms of acid reflux and GERD?

  • Acid reflux symptoms include:
  • heartburn (acid indigestion)
  • regurgitation
  • stomach discomfort (burping, bloating, etc)
Symptoms of GERD include:

  • heartburn
  • regurgitation
  • an acid taste in the mouth
  • hoarseness of the voice
  • laryngitis
  • chronic dry cough
  • asthma
  • the feeling of having a lump in the throat
  • bad breath
  • earache
  • chest pain/discomfort
What are the most common treatments for acid reflux and GERD?

  • over-the-counter antacids
  • acid blockers
  • proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
  • prescription medication
  • endoscopy
  • lifestyle changes
  • diet changes

What’s the next step?

Are you suffering acid reflux, heartburn or GERD symptoms? Do you want to get treatment as soon as possible for your symptoms?

Call our professionals at GastroCare LI. The first step to getting properly diagnosed and treated is to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you!