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Heartburn and GERD Center

General Overview

Heartburn is a burning sensation in the lower chest—the main symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

More about GERD

Preventing Heartburn

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Avoiding foods that cause heartburn

While foods aren't normally the cause of GERD, they may aggravate its symptoms. Learn more about which foods are commonly irritating.

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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 Topics

Is 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 too

Your 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.

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American College of Gastroenterology
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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