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Swedish Southwest ER

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