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What is GERD?

What is GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)?

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), also known as chronic heartburn, occurs when excess stomach juice is allowed into the esophagus because of a weakened valve between the esophagus and stomach (called the lower esophageal sphincter). GERD patients experience heartburn, chest pain, indigestion, excessive throat clearing, hoarseness, chronic cough and/or asthma regularly.

Learn about treatment options for GERD