Heartburn and GERD Center
General OverviewHeartburn is a burning sensation in the lower chest—the main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).More about GERD
- What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
- What are the risk factors?
- What are the symptoms?
- How is it diagnosed?
- How is it treated?
- What are the screening tests?
- How can I reduce my risk?
- What should I ask my healthcare provider about GERD?
Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures
Preventing HeartburnAvoiding foods that cause heartburnWhile foods aren't normally the cause of GERD, they may aggravate its symptoms. Learn more about which foods are commonly irritating.Pain relief medications: are they good for you?Aside from stomach problems, some research suggests that pain medications can cause complications of GERD, particularly in the elderly.
Special TopicsIs it heartburn or a heart attack?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.Heartburn: not just for adults—kids get it tooYour 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.
- Barrett's esophagus
- Cystic fibrosis
- Food allergy
- Hiatal hernia
- Peptic ulcer
- Sleep apnea
- Sore throat
Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)
American College of Gastroenterology
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse