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Heartburn (GERD)

Heartburn (GERD): Putting It All Together

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:19

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to heartburn and hiatal hernia (GERD).

  • GERD means Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. It involves the "backward flow" of stomach contents into the esophagus.
  • GERD is a relatively new term for heartburn, acid indigestion, and hiatal hernia.
  • Hiatal hernia occurs when part of the upper stomach herniates, or bulges, into the chest cavity.
  • Heartburn is a symptom of GERD, and not a separate disease.
  • Most people with GERD also have a hiatal hernia.
  • Simple lifestyle changes, often combined with medication, can treat most cases of GERD.
  • If severe and untreated, GERD can have serious complications.

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