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The experienced specialists at Nuvance Health can help you get to the bottom of what’s coming up. If you are experiencing frequent heartburn and acid reflux, it can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These issues occur when stomach acid travels backward from your stomach to your throat.

Reflux is often due to eating foods that are high in acid. These include fried and processed foods as well as certain fruits and vegetables. But in some cases, it’s a sign of a more serious upper GI disease.

Nuvance Health Digestive Health Institute can help prevent your severe heartburn symptoms. Get started by taking our Heartburn Quiz to learn how you can live more boldly without the burn or GERD. Because what matters to you matters to us.

What is Acid Reflux?

Your stomach contains acid that helps break down the food you eat so that you can absorb its nutrients. Reflux occurs when this acid flows backward washing up against the delicate tissue of the esophagus.

Your esophagus is the tube connecting your mouth and throat. It has rings of muscle that are supposed to prevent reflux, but sometimes they don’t work as they should.

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. It is a burning sensation in your chest, throat or mouth. Symptoms usually worsen when lying down, bending over or taking a deep breath.

What is GERD?

GERD is more severe. It occurs in people who regularly experience acid reflux. GERD causes irritation and damage to the esophagus lining. In some people, it leads to a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus.